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Seattle Mariners pitching staff second best in American League

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Seattle Mariners pitching staff statistics continue to be impressive during the 2014 MLB season. Currently, the pitching staff for the Mariners has the second best ERA in the entire American League. According to the updated numbers from Saturday (May 24), the team trails only the Oakland Athletics when it comes to that statistic.

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The staff has posted a 3.46 ERA and 1.23 WHIP through the first 47 games of the season. Felix Hernandez has been great again, James Paxton started out really well, and Hisashi Iwakuma has returned from his injury with some Cy Young caliber pitching. The staff is finally starting to get healthy again and it also hasn't hurt that Chris Young has done pretty well as a last moment free agent signing in Spring Training.

On Friday night (May 23), the Mariners beat the Houston Astros 6-1. Fernandez went eight strong innings to pick up his sixth win of the season and then Charlie Furbush and Danny Farquhar combined to pitch a perfect ninth inning. It was yet another impressive performance from Hernandez, who now has a 6-1 record to go with a 2.75 ERA on the season.

In four starts since returning from the disabled list, Iwakuma is 3-0 with a 1.76 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He could have won the fourth start, but it turned into a ninth inning blown save by Fernando Rodney. It is clear that if he remains healthy for the rest of the season, that Iwakuma could be in the discussion for the AL Cy Young Award again.

Thanks to the stellar pitching of the team so far, they have been able to overcome some frustrating numbers from the offense. The team currently has one of the worst batting averages in baseball and might need to rectify that to really compete for one of the playoff spots down the stretch.