The 2nd year expansion Mariners lost a lot of games, which didn't take a MENSA candidate to figure out. What we do notice, especially since we have hindsight, is that this was not a franchise with a plan designed to head them in the right direction. Darrell Johnson's boys with the Trident on their cap finished a woeful 56-104, which gave them sole posession of the cellar in the AL West 35 games behind the division winning Royals. If anything the M's were at least consistent. They finished dead last in pitching in the AL and next to last in offense. This was a team that could hurt itself on both sides of the ball to steal a football term. Only 2 starters logged more than 150 innings (Paul Mitchell & Glenn Abbott). This would explain why 4 guys from the pen had over 100 innings. Only two of the 15 men to toe the rubber had a winning record on this staff. Closer Enrique Romo posted an 11-7, 3.69, 10sv record and setup man Tom House was 5-4, 4.66. Night in and night out the M's would find a way to lose. They did have two decent young pitching prospects who were taking their lumps in the majors. 24 year old Rick Honeycutt was 5-11, 4.89 and 22 year old Shane Rawley 4-9, 4.12 were the only 2 guys with any upside here.
Leon Roberts carried the offense posting the only .300+ season in the hitter friendly Kingdome. Roberts (.301-22-92) was the only Mariner to hit more than 20 homers. Bruce Bochte and Bob Stinson were tied for 2nd with 11 homers each. Teams playing in the Kingdome needed to go yard frequently. The M's finished 13 out of 14 in that category, which meant the fans sitting in the bleachers threw back more balls than they kept. Julio Cruz stole 59 bases, but hit just .235. He was a decent prospect who would develop into a steady second sacker with speed. Ruppert Jones had a good glove in center, but he too hit .235. Once the two of these young stars developed Seattle would start scoring runs. On a team that hit .248 it's tough to have any bench support. Tom Paciorek, a 31 year old veteran without a regular spot in the lineup, provided a .299 average off the bench and a spot starter in the outfield and DH. Leroy Stanton, the team's regular DH, slupped badly from his breakout year in '77. Stanton hit just .182 with 3 homers and looked like he was more like 52 instead of 32.