In his time with the Mariners, Dipoto has made a series of small moves to shore up a team that has long been on a seemingly stars-and-scrubs model under the former GM. He has acquired Aoki, Lind, Iannetta, Martin, Wade Miley, Nathan Karns, Steve Cishek, Joaquin Benoit, Joel Peralta, and more. So far, it's working; the Mariners sit atop the AL West, with excellent performances pretty much across major team categories, with the possible exception of their fielding. They were projected to be a competant team, but seeing them atop the West is a bit of a surprise. With the wins they have in the bank, however, FanGraphs gives the team a 60%+ chance of making the playoffs.
Unfortunately, due to time constraints (and fatigue!), I won't be able to offer much more commentary on this team tonight. Nevertheless, here are stats for your edification:
I'm pretty happy that we get to see King Felix, even if that's unlikely to go well for the Reds. I really wish John Lamb's velo was up where it was last year.