The Seattle Mariners have limped to a start of 11-17, basically replicating their start to last season. There are a lot of reasons for clubs struggling, and no one player, manager or coach ever is the sole reason for a team’s success or failure.

But there’s always a goat, right?

Neither Robinson Cano nor Kyle Seager have been great, yet, but do their contracts make them more of a candidate?

What about the man in charge of pushing the buttons?

Jason A. Churchill

Churchill founded Prospect Insider in 2006 after getting his start at He spent several years covering prep, college and pro sports for various newspapers, including The News Tribune and Seattle PI.

Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio prior to joining HERO Sports in July, 2016.

Find Jason's Mariners podcast, Baseball Things, right here and follow him on Twitter @ProspectInsider.