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Originally published Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 10:13 PM

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Mariners' offensive numbers just don't add up

Mariners offense is the worst in baseball this season, and the lowest-scoring in any full season since the start of the DH era in 1973.

Bringing up the rear
The Mariners rank last in the major leagues — yes, including National League teams — in most major offensive categories, including all of the following:
Mariners ML average
Runs per game 3.16 4.40
Batting average .235 .258
Hits 1,264 1,403
Doubles 226 280
Triples 16 29
Home runs 101 152
Slug pct. .339 .404
On-base pct. .298 .326
RBI 482 670
Worst offense in DH era
The Mariners will finish the season with the fewest runs scored in a full season by any team since the designated hitter rule was adopted in 1973. The lowest-scoring teams since 1973, excluding strike-shortened seasons in 1981, 1994 and 1995:
Runs Team Year
510 Mariners 2010
531 Expos 1976
532 Athletics 1978
541 Padres 1974
545 Reds 1982
548 Dodgers 1992
548 Padres 1973
550 Orioles 1988
550 Angels 1976
Wrong kind of team history
The Mariners will set lows in several team offensive categories this season and have challenged a few others. Previous Mariners lows in full seasons:
Category Current Previous low
Runs 510 558, 1983
Batting avg. .235 .240, 1983
Hits 1,264 1,280, 1983
Doubles 226 211, 1980
Triples 16 19, 1996 and 2009
Home runs 101 97, 1978
Slug pct. .339 .356, 1980
On-base pct. .298 .301, 1983
RBI 482 536, 1983

By the numbers

73 Runs scored by Ichiro, by far his lowest total in 10 seasons with the Mariners, despite the fact he has 212 hits.

64 Runs batted in for Franklin Gutierrez, the team leader. The low for a Mariners team leader is 67, by Pat Putnam in 1983.

15 Home runs with the Mariners by Russell Branyan, the team leader. That will tie the previous low for a team leader, Tom Paciorek with 15 in 1980.

Bill Reader

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