Mariners Insider Blog

Inching Out of the Hole

By virtue of their record under interim manager Jim Riggleman – 9-5 beginning Saturday – the Seattle Mariners have begun taking baby steps upward.

With their 34-52 record, the Mariners are now only the third worst team in baseball, inching ahead of San Diego and Washington with their winning percentage.

Too little too late?

"The challenge is to continue playing well, tweak this thing a littler bit and catch someone in the standings," manager Jim Riggleman said. "Every win is crucial if you want to regain respect in the American League. We have to prove we can compete with the best."

The closest team in the AL to Seattle is Cleveland (37-49), and the closest team in the AL West is Texas – which started the night 41-43 and 9 ½ games ahead of the Mariners.