I thought we might avoid it for a little while longer, but this month of June has been a God-damned catastrophe. YOUR Seattle Mariners are 30th out of 30 teams in Major League Baseball in Runs Scored. And, I must not have been paying very good attention (in spite of the fact that it’s something I’ve been “tracking” all season), because we’re 30th by a large 7-run margin.
Other things we’re the worst at:
- Batting Average (30th) – .228 (next lowest is .234)
- On-Base Percentage (30th) – .296 (next lowest is .300)
- Slugging Percentage (T-29th with Oakland) – .340
- OPS (30th) – .635 (next lowest is .643)
- Total Bases (30th) – 900 (next lowest is 914)
I’m beginning to think that it’s all over for this team. It’s only a matter of time before the Rangers (and maybe even the Angels) go on a tear and leave us choking on the dust of the cellar.
When we look back at where it all went south for the 2011 Mariners, I’m going to look at our high point: a June 5th victory over the Tampa Bay Rays to take the 4-game series 3-1. We were 2.5 games behind the Rangers, we were somewhere around 3-4 games ahead of the Angels, we were getting ready to head out on the road against a couple of teams you HAD to think we could handle.
Then, we went 3-4 on the road trip (salvaging it with a 7th game win in Detroit). Then, we came home and lost 2 of 3 against the Angels. Granted, we came right back to take 2 of 3 from the Phillies, but we scored only 7 runs total! It’s hard to feel TOO confident in winning a series when your pitchers do all the work. After all, they can’t keep up that pace forever.
Following this near-.500 ball since our high-point, we got swept in Washington in what’s probably the most brutal series of the season (after the disasters in Cleveland & Baltimore). We somehow managed to take 2 of 3 from Florida, but now here we are looking ahead at our third game of the Braves series down 2-0.
Winning every other series isn’t really going to get it done. Being last in every hitting catagory REALLY isn’t going to get it done. Bringing in some third-tier bat isn’t the answer. In fact, I don’t think there is an answer.
It was fun while it lasted, but I wouldn’t look for this team to contend beyond July. If nothing else, just call it a feeling.