The good news for the Seattle Mariners is that the team they're trying to become is much closer to the San Francisco Giants than the Texas Rangers, and that great pitching can overcome a powerful offense.
The bad news? The model the Mariners hope to follow works best in the National League.
Seattle's staff earned run average was 3.93 in 2010 - lower than than two American League playoff teams and tied with Texas. Only Tampa Bay (3.78) was better among the teams that went to the post-season.
The Giants team ERA (3.36) was the best in baseball, and it was their pitching that won the World Series.
The problem for Seattle is navgating through the AL regular season with the worst offense in the game. San Francisco got to the playoffs by pitching superbly and scoring just enough - and still scored 184 more runs than the Mariners did last year.
What the Mariners had in 2010 was half a good team, and the challenge now is to catch those who - like Texas - can both pitch and score. Until they do, they'll be like the rest of us and enjoy watching the World Series on television.
Now, a few links:
- The World Series is over, and 142 players are now eligible for free agency. Here's a list, position-by-position, of those players. Make your wish lists out now.
- The Arizona Republic reports that the Mariners have interviewed former Seattle pinch-hitter and now Diamondbacks minor league batting coach Dave Hansen as a potential big league hitting coach.
- Ron Romanick, the Oakland bullpen coach who once worked in the Seattle minor leaue systrem, was named the Athletics pitching coach.
- Rather than go to arbitration with closer Bobby Jenks, the White Sox are considering giving the job to former Seattle lefty Matt Thornton, who will make $3 million in 2011.
- When Chone Figgins signed with Seattle last winter, the Angels said Brandon Wood would take over at third base. Wood, 25, then hit .146 last year - and he's now playing in the Arizona Fall League, trying to save his career.