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September 12, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Angels 3, Mariners 0: Mariners offense fails to show up for series finale, or two prior games for that matter

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There’d been some talk about the grittiness shown by the Mariners in making it interesting the last two games. Well, that’s all a matter of perspective. Today, the Mariners were not gritty at all, save for Jason Vargas, who did all he could for seven innings of two-run ball (one run earned) to keep his team in it.
But it was ballgame over when Ryan Rowland-Smith came on in the eighth and surrendered a one-out solo homer by Mike Napoli.
The Mariners have not done anything against opposing starters since they touched up Gio Gonzalez for three runs the first two innings in Oakland last Wednesday,
Over the 27 innings since then where an opposing starter has been on the mound, the Mariners have scored just four runs. That’s a 1.33 ERA by those starters over that period, in case you were wondering.
Why measure it that way?


Well, because it’s debatable whether the Mariners were just being gritty the first two nights here, or capitalizing on a shaky Angels bullpen. They were down 3-1 in the ninth on Friday before rallying to win against gaslighter Fernando Rodney. Last night, they were scoreless through seven against starter Ervin Santana for seven innings before Ichiro hit a three-run homer in the eighth with his team down 7-0.
By that point, the time for grittiness was long past. Yeah, they added another run in the ninth versus the same shaky bullpen.
Today, the M’s did nothing against Dan Haren, who three-hit them over seven innings. Seattle had two on and one out in the eighth against that same shaky bullpen, but failed to score. Then, they saw aforementioned torch Rodney walk Jose Lopez (!) to lead off the ninth and then nearly walk Michael Saunders as well before getting a groundout.
But when the M’s had to be gritty — as in, when they had a real chance to get back in the game — they stranded runners at second and third with none out in the fourth.
So, sorry. Not buying the grittiness. This team, as I said, has seen opposing starters post a 1.35 ERA in 27 innings since the M’s took that 3-0 lead in Oakland. Heck, before Ichiro hit that home run last night, the M’s had scored just one run in 19 innings off starting pitchers since that 3-0 lead off Gonzalez.
Yeah, this team can’t hit. And it’s not like they’re throwing an entire Class AAA lineup out there. This club still has many of the same guys it began the year with starting every single day. Guys like Lopez, Casey Kotchman, Chone Figgins, Franklin Gutierrez…
So, the road trip ends at 1-5. M’s need to go 8-11 the rest of the way to avoid 100 losses. Good luck with that. Boston, Texas, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Texas and Oakland are due up next.

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