Mariners takeaway no. 6 – Seattle just isn’t good enough yet
One of my bigger picture takeaways from the series was noticing the disparity between the Mariners and the White Sox. I was hoping that the M’s would be able to put up a good fight against one of the better teams in the MLB, but frankly, the Mariners weren’t close.
I think you could argue that the Mariners bullpen was pretty close to how good the White Sox pen was, but the M’s hitters weren’t on the same level as the White Sox offense. The Seattle Mariners struck out too much, weren’t able to pull through in the clutch, and didn’t hit any home runs.
Although I should acknowledge that the Mariners faced Chicago’s number one, two, and five starters while they faced our four, five, and six starters. Regardless, the Mariners are still a few years away from becoming a dominant force in the MLB.
Evan White, Taylor Trammell, Jake Fraley, and others still need to improve their offensive game in order for the M’s to be dangerous offensively. The Mariners rotation clearly has some more work to do as well. That being said, don’t expect a playoff run unless we start to see some of the young guys turn things around this summer.