3 reasons Mariners fans loved April, 2 worries that still remain

The Mariners turned it around to finish with a great April. Here are the highs and lows from the month that fans can focus on
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#1 Mariners' Worry: The Strikeouts

This was supposed to be a thing of the past, yet, it cna be argued that it is worse than ever. Not only are the Mariners striking out the most, but they are also doing it at the highest rate. I saw something good online (for the life of me I can't remember who from) explaining that the amount of strikeouts a team has isn't always bad. It was about the Dodgers I think, who were a top ten team in strikeouts at the time, but when looking at strikeout rate, were just above average.

Yet, the Mariners lead the league in both categories. If not for literally one of the best stretches of pitching that anyone in the Majors has ever seen, the Mariners would be a laughingstock right now because of their offense. 28.7%. That's their strikeout rate. Normally you would be accepting of having 1-2 people above that number. Yet, that's what they are doing as a team.

Some timely homers have helps assuage some of the games they easily could've lost (thank you, Mitch Garver), but it's a massive problem that needs to be rectified. Maybe, just maybe, if some of their big named players started showing up, this wouldn't be a problem. Hey, speaking of stars...