The All-Star break is a time to take stock of the first half-plus of the baseball season and prognosticate on the rest of it. Last week, Mike Seely offered five questions for the Mariners. And yesterday, Vernal Coleman looked at whether the team should trade talented, oft-injured pitcher Erik Bedard. Here's a look at some of the mid-season assessments of the M's situation:
The Mariners offense has been not-so-good. Lookout Landing uses some fancy numbers to show that, in the second half, it's likely to be a little better. They also say that despite the disparity between the team's record (46-42) and run totals (scored 348, given up 366), the M's haven't been lucky, partly because they've had the third-hardest schedule in the league so far (as measured by opponents' winning percentage). All in all, it sounds like the 2nd half may have good things in store.
Finally, Felix Hernandez is super fired up about being an All-Star.