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Mariners' staff has been throwing its weight around

The Sports Xchange

The Mariners' pitching has been coming around after a length streak of bloated ERAs for the staff as a whole.

In the last 10 games, Seattle pitchers have a 2.87 ERA and have walked two batters or fewer in each game. That's one game shy of the best effort in club history, 11 games in 2003 of walking two men or fewer.

During the same 10-game stretch, Seattle pitchers have struck out 66, bringing the team's strikeouts-to-walks ratio to 2.44, which, if it holds up would be the best in club history. The 2002 staff had a 2.41-to-1 ratio.

Before this turnaround, Seattle was in an eight-game stretch in which it was were 2-6 with a 6.26 ERA. And the problem there was the lack of control, with 30 walks in 69 innings, or 3.8 walks per nine innings.

Since then, it's been 1.1 walks per nine innings.

Because of some offensive lapses the Mariners are only 4-6 during that stretch, but the control is a good sign for the future. Seattle ranks second in the American League in fewest walks with 409, as the White Sox lead at 396.

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