The Seattle Mariners have been bit by the injury bug at quite possibly the worst spot on their roster. The entire projected starting pitching staff besides one guy is on the DL, right now. That one guy happens to be the 5th starter, Yovani Gallardo, of course. Hisashi Iwakuma, the #2 starter on the staff was placed on the DL yesterday with shoulder inflammation. He joins Felix Hernandez, who is out with a shoulder, Drew Smyly, who is out with a elbow injury, and James Paxton, who is out with a forearm strain. Those 4 pitchers are all very good starters, imagine how good this Mariners team could be if they were all healthy the entire season. Hopefully, they can start getting each one of these guys back one by one before the all star break.
The Mariners are 17-17 right now, good enough for second place in the AL West. If they can hang around in this position, just staying alive until their rotation is back at full strength, they'll be in a good position to make the playoffs still. Once this rotation is healthy they could make a case for best in baseball if all of them can pitch to their potential.
The toughest part is going to be surviving this stretch until they get their starting pitchers back, however long that may be. Hopefully all of them are back before the all star break, giving the Mariners a fair chance to make up some ground. If they don't completely bury themselves over the next few weeks they won't have to worry about that. This Seattle Mariners lineup needs to step and score a lot of runs in may because they're going to need it if they want to remain competitive. This is the year the Mariners finally get back into the playoffs, no more next year bullshit, so hopefully this injury bug situation doesn't totally sabotage that by continually ruining this starting pitching staff.