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July 14, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Mariners lay an egg…a whole carton of them actually, to begin second half

Hard to imagine things going much worse for the Mariners to begin the post-All Star portion of their schedule. First off, any diehards holding out hope of an AL West comeback by Seattle, well, good on you for being loyal, but that’s about it.
Nope, when the M’s decide to collpase their season, they don’t do it halfway. No sir, they’ve now dropped six straight games and six in the standings to the Rangers in six days of baseball played.
That’s real tough to do, even when you try.


But nope, you can plan that African safari for Oct. 1 because you won’t be missing the home team in the post-season.
The Mariners are in serious offensive trouble. They looked horrible again tonight, getting no-hit and perfect-gamed through five innings by Derek Holland.
Texas had no trouble hitting home runs at supposedly “tough” Safeco Field, clubbing a threesome off Jason Vargas.
Honestly, the game felt done when a Nelson Cruz solo blast made it 2-0 in the second.
So, now that the whole contention thing is out of the way, we can all get back to spirited debates on how to make this team better at some point.
It was a great first half at times, but this no-offense thing risks seriously derailing the season unless something happens to improve it. The pitching is not what it was, with the Mariners now having gone five straight games while allowing four runs or more.
Those kinds of totals were unheard of in May and June.
Now, they are becoming frequent. And without any scoring by Seattle, the losses will quickly pile up.

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