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July 7, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Buyers or sellers? M’s look like “sinkers” as final “first half” weekend begins

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Enjoy the whole “buyers” or “sellers” thing for a couple of days more. Because with the Texas Rangers beating up on Oakland this weekend and the Mariners stuck playing three more games here, this thing could be all done by Sunday afternoon.
Remember, the Mariners don’t have all season to contend. They have a couple of weeks to convince the front office to make moves for this season rather than to start making moves with the future in mind.
And as of right now, they are 4 1/2 games behind the Rangers, courtesy of tonight’s 5-1 loss to the Angels in a game that felt over after the third inning.
We’ve been writing for weeks that this team needed real offensive help or its hopes might die.
Well, this was the third night in four in which Seattle failed to score more than two runs. In all four nights of this trip, they’ve failed to score more than two runs in regulation play.
And now, they are paying a price in the standings because the Rangers have decided to stop losing every other day.


Not much to discuss here. When you don’t score, you can’t win.
It was a 3-1 game in the eighth, sure, but felt more like 12-1.
Seattle pretty much has to win the next three here or there’s a very good chance they will enter the break at 5 1/2 games back. That’s really not close enough and would force them to have to win three of four versus the Rangers after the break is over.
That’s why yesterday’s game was so important. A sweep in Oakland would have enabled the M’s to lose this Jered Weaver start and then really need to take only two of three more here for a 5-2 trip.
But they didn’t sweep the A’s. Instead, the Rangers blasted that sad sack team today and Weaver took care of business.
It ain’t over yet. But the Mariners face a long, uphill climb. With just enough rope, it would appear, to hang themselves with.

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