Now 82 games into the 2010 season, there are a pair of numbers that probably explain the Mariners record better than any long analysis.
First, there's this: the Mariners have two of the American League's best pitchers in Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez - and they have won only 14 times in a combined 31 starts.
Had the Mariners beaten Kansas City tonight, they'd have gained ground on the AL West leader for the second time in as many days. Why is that telling?
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The last time Seattle did that - gain a game on the division leader two days running - was April 27-28, when Oakland was on top. That's almost impossible.