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August 1, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Twins 4, Mariners 0: M’s can’t score, hit, or even make contact — striking out 15 times

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The guy in the photo above, watching today’s latest belly flop by the M’s, is Carmen Fusco, one of Jack Zduriencik’s inner circle of assistants. Think he’ll be making a happy report back to the boss?
Tough to have a week any worse than this one. The Mariners went 0-7, only the 11th time in team history they’ve failed to win on a road trip of at least five games.
The last time they had a winless trip was in September of 2008, when they went 0-11.
The M’s scored only three runs in this series and have not scored since the sixth inning of the series opener, meaning their runless streak is now at 21 innings and counting.
Seattle scored only 14 runs in the seven games — with 10 of them coming on consecutive nights. That left just four runs the remaining five games.
Opponents outscored the M’s by a 41-14 count.
Rock bottom? We’ll see. Don’t forget, the Texas Rangers visit Safeco Field on Tuesday.


The Mariners have used a different lineup for 27 consecutive games, which is kind of hard to do when you consider Ichiro and Chone Figgins are fixtures at Nos. 1 and 2 in the order.
They have used 90 different lineups in their 106 games. Deck chairs on the Titanic, some might suggest.
At their current pace, the team will lose 102 games.
But if the M’s keep up their pace from July 1 onwards, which has seen them go 6-23, they will lose 111. And that’s not just a random time sampling we’ve picked for maximum effect. There has been one significant change to this team since early July — the trading of Cliff Lee to Texas. That leaves the M’s one staff ace short in their effort to try to snap losing streaks that arise. It’s significant. Once the boulder starts to roll downhill, it keeps gaining speed and there’s nothing the M’s can do to stop it.
Yeah, the M’s ran into a hot pitcher today. What else is new? Francisco Liriano tied his season high with 11 strikeouts in seven innings. The M’s whiffed a season-high 15 times today. They had two hits. They had four hits yesterday.
That’s zero runs and six hits the final two days.
Need more? Nope. This is looking like the worst team in Mariners history.

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