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GM Jerry Dipoto believes Mariners underperformed in first half

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2017, file photo, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto talks to reporters in Seattle. Seattle will go into the season with mixed expectations. Some believe they are contenders in the AL West and have a real shot at ending the longest playoff drought in baseball as a possible wild card team with an outside shot at the division title. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano shined at the most recent installment of the All-Star Game while such a moment has served as the highlight of the club’s season thus far. Outside of one memorable individual performance, the Mariners have jumped up to yet another disappointing start in 2017.

As a result, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is looking for much more out of Seattle during the second half of the 2017 regular season.

“We have underperformed, truly,” Dipoto said, via The Seattle Times. “Particularly over the course of the last couple of weeks. We just haven’t played well, and we are at probably our most, the longest stretch of positive health that we’ve had since Opening Day, and we’ve played perhaps as poorly as we’ve played all year long over the course of the last two weeks.

“It’s disappointing because we had a nice stretch in the schedule that set us up to do some damage before we head to the All-Star break. We haven’t taken advantage of it. We came out flat. We didn’t show up effectively.”

The Mariners finished the first half with a 43-47 record, good for fourth place in the American League West division.

“We have not carried that same level of consistency or impact on the pitching end, and that’s just reality,” Dipoto added. “That is not something that we can solve by snapping our fingers. Like I said, it’s been some combination of injuries, some level of inconsistency, and whether it’s the number of bodies we’ve had to churn through, or the reasons we’ve had to churn through them.”

Upon returning on Friday, Seattle will be taking on the Chicago White Sox for three games in the “Windy City.”

“We have to pick ’em up, whether it’s defensively, whether it’s with our pitching staff, or it’s with better baserunning,” Dipoto continued. “But across the board, we just have to be a little bit better.

“We need to click on all cylinders. We’re not good enough, and we are too flawed to expect for one element of our team to carry anybody, and that makes us like at least 12 of the other teams in the American League.”

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