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September 6, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Can this M’s offense score more than three runs today?

Less than four weeks to go in the season and we’re running out of milestones and events to discuss.
Felix Hernandez and Cy Young bid? Check.
Mariners trying to avoid 100 losses? Check.
M’s trying to avoid worst ever offensive output in a season? Check.
But here we are, more than five months into a season of futility, and yet another dubious milestone has popped into the equation. Yes, while the team has won games at a slightly improved pace the past month to maybe put the 100-loss thing in doubt (we’ll know a lot more about that the next week now that patsies like the Indians are off the radar) there is still a new offensive low the M’s are threatening.
Seattle has gone 10 straight games without scoring more than three runs. That’s just two off the franchise record set back in 1988.
Good thing they’re on the road to try to snap this thing today because at home, where home run balls turn into fly ball outs at Safeco Field, the M’s have gone 15 straight without scoring more than three. How bad is that? Well, not since the 1954 Baltimore Orioles has a team been that bad at scoring on its home turf.
No, those O’s did not win the World Series. Neither will these M’s.


Mariners manager Daren Brown was involved in a discussion about lineup “protection” and its merits today when the conversation with writers and other media evolved into his club’s ongoing offensive woes.
“For me, I hear it and I’ve heard it all summer and read it all summer,” he said. “The offense and this…I think it’s important to win ballgames. And if we win 1-0, I’m OK with that. And if we win 2-1, I’m OK with that. Would I like to win 6-0? Yes, it makes it a lot easier on me. But at the same time, I think it’s important for a group of guys, when they’ve been through a tought year, at this point, just to win ballgames. If somebody gets a big hit and we happen to win 3-2, then I think that’s a big boost to a clubhouse and hopefully it kind of gets confidence and things rolling and hopefully things start to go the other way.”
Franklin Gutierrez is back in the lineup today after missing the weekend with the flu. So, that should help the offense out.
The lineups:
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
CF Franklin Gutierrez
DH Russell Branyan
3B Jose Lopez
1B Casey Kotchman
C Adam Moore
LF Michael Saunders
SS Josh Wilson
LHP Jason Vargas
ATHLETICS
CF Coco Crisp
1B Daric Barton
C Kurt Suzuki
DH Jack Cust
2B Mark Ellis
LF Rajai Davis
RF Matt Carson
3B Steve Tolleson
SS Cliff Pennington
LHP Brett Anderson

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