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May 23, 2008 at 8:46 PM

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The Mariners stink
They went down 13-2 to the New York Yankees tonight in a game as ugly as any of the previous three. I don’t think that, on paper, they are this bad. But in reality, right now, they look awful.
That’s four blowouts in a row and counting. The Mariners truly should not expect a Christmas invite from the McLaren family next December. This game had it all once again, with a crooked-number inning when the Yankees put up eight runs in the fifth. A ton of hits. The usual defensive miscues. Losing arguments with the umpire. Nine strikeouts in six innings by Andy Pettitte, the most he’s put up in two years.
“Playing on this team and seeing what is happening around me, I feel that something is beginning to fall apart,” Ichiro said, through a translator. “But, if I was not in this situation, and I was objectively watching what just happened this week, I would probably be drinking a lot of beers and booing.”
Ichiro wouldn’t say what exactly is falling apart, but invited reporters to draw their own conclusions. He’s not happy with what’s gone on here. Nobody is. But some guys are contributing more than others.
The starting rotation has collapsed. The 4 1/3 innings by Erik Bedard tonight was actually the most by any Seattle starter on the road trip. Seattle has been outscored 43-16 in those four games.
Bedard insisted he wasn’t distracted by Jason Giambi drawing a walk on a close pitch in the at-bat before a Shelley Duncan homer in the second gave New York the lead for good. Bedard said he’d put the walk out of his mind, something he learned to do long ago as a starter.
“You have to,” Bedard said. “If you let them get in your head, you might have a bad inning.”
Turns out, the bad inning came in the fifth. That’s now two starts in the last three where Bedard let his team down. He’s just as guilty as any of the other starting five when it comes to the rotation’s collapse. At this point, though, analyzing individual games is almost pointless. This season has collapsed. This team is showing no signs of being able to compete for more than a handful of innings. There is no cohesiveness. No coming together of all aspects of the game.
John McLaren is running out of things to say.
“None of us are happy about this,” McLaren said. “I really don’t know what to say about it. We’re in a funk and we can only get out of it ourselves. We’ve had a lot of meetings and I don’t think meetings are the answer right now.”
This group is playing like a team that’s out of answers. And in McLaren’s case, likely out of time.
Don’t go taking Ichiro’s advice and drowning your sorrows in beer. Here, enjoy this video instead, a tour of Yankee Stadium. You’ll see the new stadium being built across the street, then go inside the old place, the one I’m now sitting in, with me. We’ll trek across the field to visit Monument Park, beyond the fence in left center. We’ll also tour the visiting team’s bullpen area. Enjoy.

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