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A Mariners trip to reality, and a lineup

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm with 3 Comments »
August 8, 2012 12:41 pm

The schedule has the Seattle Mariners traveling from New York to Baltimore to Anaheim on their current road trip, but truth is, this is a trip through reality for the team.

Reality isn’t kind.

Now 1-4 five games in, the Mariners can look ahead to facing Ervin Santana, Dan Haren and Jered Weaver when they face the Angels, and even starting Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Jason Vargas may not be enough to pull out wins there.

The Mariners are 51-61, or two games better than they were through the same number of games as a year ago.  They’re a better road team, a worse home team.  Their team batting average (.233) is five points higher than in 2011.

Playiing two very good teams and another winning club on this trip, they’ve been reminded how far the gap is from where they are to where they and their fans want them to be.

The one game Seattle won, the Mariners scored one time. Felix made it stand up. Last night, they scored seven runs and lost in 14 innings – missing opportunity after opportunity to win a game they once led, 7-2.

Kyle Seager has been their most productive hitter, with 12 home runs and 66 RBI, but he’s batting .247. Jesus Montero, the power-hitting catcher/DH, has 10 home runs and a .265 average.

Is that what you expected? Moving forward, is it enough in 2012 to beat up on Kansas City and lose to anyone with a winning record? Is that progress? Here’s tonight’s lineup – and the numbers of each player in it:

Dustin Ackley          2B  (.225, 8 HR, 35 RBI)
Michael Saunders        CF  (.251, 10, 35)
Jesus Montero          DH  (.265, 10, 42)
John Jaso               C  (.282, 5, 31)
Kyle Seager            3B   (.247, 12, 66)
Mike Carp              1B  (.221, 5, 20)
Trayvon Robinson       LF  (.261, 0, 3)
Eric Thames            RF  (.244, 4, 13)
Munenori Kawasaki      SS  (.221, 0, 7)
Kevin Millwood          RHP  (4-9,. 4/01)

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  1. timeout says:

    Who’s to blame for these losses? Assuming no player who is no longer on the team qualifies, Saunders’ slump is hurting them, and the absence of Ryan is costing them plays. But it’s the quality of the competition that’s really putting notches in them.

    There was speculation from some of the radio guys that they would go 4-5 or 5-4 on this trip. That will require a miracle now; they’re down 0-4 to Baltimore as I write.

    The question, really, is: will next year’s team benefit by the current trials? I’m not smart enough to know. But if Smoak continues to flounder, he and Figgins aren’t going to look good hanging around the GM’s neck.

    If the payroll doesn’t hold the line or increase next spring, we’ll know what’s up.

  2. timeout says:

    Had a moment away from work, was lucky enough to see Seager’s homerun. I hope I can watch that kid play for the M’s for years to come, and on better teams. Same goes for Felix, of course. There’s hope, but some days are gloomier than others.

  3. bbnate420 says:

    They really need Ryan and Gutierrez back. God, will he EVER be healthy. Finally was and BAM, complete fluke play. I think they have to go out and sign a power hitting corner outfielder in the off-season, assuming they move the fences in so one is willing to come here.

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