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May 24, 2008 at 1:19 PM

The embarrassment continues

Another day, another pitiful performance turned in by the Mariners, this time a 12-6 defeat to the New York Yankees. Seattle made things interesting until the sixth inning, when Jose Lopez pretty much torpedoed their chances with an error that cost the team two unearned runs.
New York poured it on in the seventh inning, an error by Adrian Beltre contriubting to the five-run outburst by the Yankes. Seattle has gone down 12-8, 9-4, 9-2, 13-2 and now 12-6 on this trip. I’ve never seen anything like this from a group that — contenders or not — just about every analyst had pegged at somewhere between 79 and 90 wins. Not 100 losses. The player performance deserves to be ripped. Bill Bavasi might lose his job after this season and will deserve to if this continues because he built the club. But there are too many people out there prepared to let these players off the hook far too easily, I’m afraid. Show me anybody who predicted this would be the wrost team in the majors two months into a season. Don’t recall any.
These players have to be called out. Bavasi did that today. Whether he loses his job after the season or not is irrelevant. This is what is happening right now and it has to be stopped. The players have to be held responsible at present. So far, the general criticism of them has been fairly soft.

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