Seattle Mariners Top Ten Starting Pitchers in Franchise History

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Sep 10, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) points at a pop-up for the final out of the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Texas, 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) points at a pop-up for the final out of the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Texas, 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /

In this article we will take a look at the top ten starting pitchers in Mariners history.

Let’s look back and take note of the rich history this team has provided us.  Hopefully you’ll pick up a gem or two that you didn’t already know about this team.  The Mariners franchise has only been around since 1977.  It would probably be a better list if it included only the top six or seven starting pitchers due to the brief history of the the Seattle Mariners.

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Each pitcher had to have pitched at least 500 innings for the Mariners to make the cut.  That eliminates short stints with the Mariners like that of Cliff Lee, who is clearly a great pitcher, but was only with the Mariners for half a season.  This list isn’t designed to tell us which pitchers have had the best MLB careers or the best single starts for the franchise.  It’s really about which pitchers put together the best body of work or careers for the Seattle Mariners.

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Keep in mind that this list is subjective.  Many things went into putting this list together.  Some of the key components that went into this list is team ranking in key traditional statistics as well as pitchers WAR.  These were used to measure production, longevity, and total contribution to the franchise.  There may be pitchers who didn’t make the list that should be included on this list.  If you feel that someone was snubbed or that the order that these are in is incorrect, please let us know in the comments.

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