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May 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM

A chance for woeful Mariners offense to step it up

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The morning clouds are still hanging over San Francisco as I get set to head across the bay to Oakland. First off, on this Memorial Day, a warm hello to our troops in Iraq, many of whom, I’m told, read this blog regularly. And to others stationed around the globe.
As of this morning, the Mariners are on-pace to score 612 runs this season, which would be their lowest total for a full 162-game schedule in 26 years. Not since the youthful days of 1983, en route to a 102-loss season, have the Mariners been so futile with the bat.
Obviously, this does not have the look of a 102-loss team. Which leads me to believe the offense is indeed underachieving. No, this group will never be able to hammer opponents into submission. But being three games under .500 and within a half-dozen games of a division leader nobody believes can hang on all year isn’t the end of the world.
But if the Mariners are going to make any noise beyond the July 31 trade deadline, now is a good time to start laying the foundation. We saw some power yesterday from bats it’s expected from. Now, the M’s send three lefty-killers to the mound against some southpaw sluggers on a disappointing Oakland A’s team. Then, the Mariners face the improving Angels yet again. Time to show something here.
This is not a 612-run team. But there comes a point where you have to stop talking and start doing. That time is at hand.
The M’s can start by winning two in a row. If they can’t do that here, well then, the numbers will speak for themselves.

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