The Seattle Mariners have gotten off to a slow start this year, mainly due to injuries to big name players such as Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano. With big injuries, many players have had to step up to fill their shoes.
Now that All-Star voting is open, not many Mariners are being selected. Their big-name stars have been dealing with injuries but here are three Mariners that should be on the AL All-star roster.
NELSON CRUZ, DH
Nelson Cruz has been consistent all year with his power and batting average. So far this season, Cruz has hit for an average of .301 with 11 home runs. With Robinson Cano out, Cruz had to pick up the load that Cano brings to the lineup.
The past two seasons, Cruz has hit 40-plus bombs and is on pace to reach the big 40 for the fourth season in a row. This season, Cruz has been driving in runs off hits other than homers. Cruz leads the AL with 37 RBIS and is 4th in the MLB.
ROBINSON CANO, 2B
Robinson Cano has been one of the best second basemen in the MLB. This season has been no different. Before suffering an injury in early May, Cano was on pace for another career year.
Cano is hitting .280 with 28 RBIS to go along with 8 home runs. His already stellar and smooth defense has improved this season. He has only committed 1 error so far along with turning 21 double plays.
JAMES PAXTON, P
James Paxton is another player who got bitten by the injury bug early in the season. Paxton was having the best season of his career before he got hurt. Early in the season, Paxton was proving himself as a legitimate starter in the AL.
In 6 game starts this season, he is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.61. James has been pitching like an ace, only giving up 7 runs in his six-game starts. With King Felix struggling, James has been the ace of the rotation and will be for years to come.
Even though these players have suffered injuries, they still should be recognized for their performance early in the season.