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June 25, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Mariners still looking for more than one inning of sustained offense per night

On Geoff Baker Live! tonight, seen in the video above, somebody asked about the King’s Court section of fans, so I answered and played a clip of Miguel Olivo breaking out into some batting practice dance moves. He was a happy guy after last night. Not so much tonight. Carlos Peguero had that home run tonight, a single and that nice play in left field. We played a clip from Eric Wedge pre-game talking about what he’s looking for and seen from certian players in the lineup. One of them was Peguero.
Somebody asked me what I thought about how Mike Carp has looked as a DH. I commented on him and some of the other young guys as well. Chone Figgins had a sacrifice fly tonight, but another rough time at the plate otherwise and in the field. I commented pre-game on how he needs to make the most of his limited playing opportunities if he wants to see the field more.

On to the post…
Another rough night offensively for the Mariners, who have now scored three runs or fewer in 13 of their last 18 games. They are 7-11 during that stretch. Not good. That’s about where they were for most of April.
Jason Vargas didn’t give them the pitching they’re accustomed to, but four runs over six innings is hardly insurmountable.
“It’s the same story,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “We’ve got to make sure we continue to work hard man-to-man, to really work hard to put innings together and just push it on down the line. And until we do that, we’re going to struggle.”
You’ll remember that Wedge spoke pre-game about the need for the M’s to sustain innings offensively. More than one per game. Well, they had only one sustained inning tonight. A one-swing homer by Carlos Peguero is not sustained offense. The only time the M’s strung together any hits was in the seventh.
Last night, it was in the seventh as well. One home run swing by Miguel Olivo is not sustained offense.
You can’t keep having one inning of sustained offense per night and expect to win.
“We’ve seen short moments in time where we’ve done that, just nothing consistent yet,” Wedge said. “I still believe we’re going to do it. These guys need to believe they’re going to do it. We’re right there, so, we’ve just got to keep pushing.”

They are indeed right there on some nights. On others, they fall well short. As we saw tonight and, really, last night as well. All through the Washington trip after the initial flurry early in Game 1.
The M’s have done a great job positioning themselves to take a run at this thing. But they are coming up short now just as teams gear up for the July trading season.
Seattle is fortunate to still be only 2 1/2 games out of first place. So, they’ve had some time bought for them by the Rangers. But they don’t have unlimited time to figure it all out.
“Every day, not getting a hit until the fourth or fifth inning is just not acceptable,” Adam Kennedy said, sensing this is an opportunity being wasted.
But talking about it is one thing. Going out and actually doing more is something else. I asked Kennedy how the team gets from Point A to Point B.
“It’s probably different for everybody,” Kennedy said. “We just need to come up individually with better game plans. You know, it’s the big leagues. We’ve got to figure out a way to get it done.”
Or, the team has to being in a new bat or two. I mean, if the current crop can’t get it done in time as a group, maybe you change up the group a bit.
I know, sounds like a broken record.
But did i mention the July trading season is fast approaching? A month from now, we should have a very good idea of how the final third of the season is going to play out.
We’re almost halfway through it now and these M’s have to kick things into gear. Or, you look to shift some of those gears.

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