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Seattle Mariners second-half preview: One bat away from postseason

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Seattle Mariners

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle Mariners

Record: 51-44

Standing: 3rd in AL West

Team Leaders:

Batting Average: Robinson Cano, .334

Home Runs: Kyle Seager, 15

ERA: Felix Hernandez, 2.12

Star power is leading the Mariners' playoff push: Felix Hernandez leads the American League in ERA, and Robinson Cano is second in batting average. Yet despite the efforts from Seattle's two big stars, the Mariners are still in third place in the AL West, eight games behind Oakland and 6.5 behind the Angels. However, Seattle still has a two-game lead for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

Hernandez could be pitching his way to a potential second Cy Young Award, with a 2.12 ERA and 154 strikeouts. 

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