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Q&A: Assessing the Mariners' offense

Updated: May 10, 2011, 10:34 AM ET
By Eric Karabell
The Seattle Mariners' offense isn't exactly strong, but let's give credit where it's due. A season ago, the Mariners were putrid, like historically so, averaging 3.16 runs per game. The current Mariners are averaging 3.57 runs per game, which doesn't sound like much more, but really it is. Quite a few teams are doing worse, including the Minnesota Twins and defending champion San Francisco Giants.

On Monday the Mariners kicked to the curb outfielders Milton Bradley and Ryan Langerhans, neither of whom were contributing much, and in one of those cases, let's just say team chemistry also wasn't a strength. The team called up a few minor leaguers, and I have received questions about them, but since other Mariners hitters have been in the news lately and generating attention, I figured I dig a bit deeper to analyze this offense and answer five key questions:

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