BY Steve Rudman 02:48PM 05/23/2011

Just how good have Mariners starters been lately?

Erik Bedard allowed three hits over 8.0 innings with nine strikeouts in his last outing, at San Diego. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

In their past nine starts, and heading into Monday’s game at Minnesota, Mariners starting pitchers have thrown at least 7.0 innings and allowed two or fewer runs. Collectively over that span, Mariners starters have posted a 0.77 ERA and an opponent batting average of .160.

More impressive is that over the course of this month, Mariners starters have a combined 2.09 ERA and a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 4.76. Both numbers are the best in a calendar month by an American League starting rotation since 2000.

Year Month Team SO BB SO/BB ERA
2011 May Mariners 119 25 4.76 2.09
2011 May Tigers 82 32 2.14 2.10
2002 August Athletics 125 49 2.55 2.34
2005 August Athletics 146 52 2.81 2.34
2007 April Athletics 116 48 2.42 2.44
2005 Sept. Indians 131 48 2.73 2.54
2011 May Athletics 98 36 2.72 2.54
2006 June Twins 122 27 4.52 2.60
2002 Sept. Yankees 156 39 4.00 2.70
2003 July Athletics 143 48 2.98 2.74
2008 May Indians 113 43 2.63 2.76
2010 April Rays 128 54 2.37 2.76
2011 April Athletics 132 48 2.75 2.76

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