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April 24, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Mariners simply collapse in Houston, limp home with season in doubt

The Houston Astros congratulate each other on the field after trouncing the Mariners 10-3.

The Houston Astros congratulate each other on the field after trouncing the Mariners 10-3.

Justin Smoak finally hit a home run this afternoon, but it was in the ninth inning of a 10-3 loss. Joe Saunders got lit up like early Christmas and it really was for the Houston Astros.

As for the Mariners, this is going to be anything but a holiday this weekend against the Angels if they keep playing like this. The team looks flat and it isn’t good enough to play that way and get away with it. Injuries happen and this squad will have to find a way to do more until Michael Saunders gets back.

Not that Saunders is going to be a one-man savior.

If this squad doesn’t figure it out, the season, for all intents and purposes, will be done by May 1. The fact they’ve gone 8-15 with a schedule that included six games against the Astros is ridiculous. Brendan Ryan lost his job today. Others could follow if this thing doesn’t get turned around and they might not all involve players.

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