ANAHEIM, Calif.— It isn’t hard to track the reason for a deepening offensive funk that brought the Mariners into Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels with just one run in their last 21 innings.
The Mariners were hitless in 18 opportunities over their last three games with runners in scoring position, including zippo-for-4 in Monday’s 8-1 loss to the Angels. Not surprisingly, they’ve lost their three games.
“We haven’t been good offensively for quite a while,” manager Lloyd McClendon noted. “It’s a little bit of a concern. I’m not sure what’s going on. But we need a big hit, somewhere, …
ANAHEIM, Calif. — It’s not dark yet for the Mariners, but it’s getting there. Their September swoon continued Monday night in a 8-1 blowout loss to the Los Angeles Angels in the start to a season-defining 11-game trip.
That makes five losses in six games, which means the Mariners’ postseason push is suddenly careening at high speed in reverse.
“We’ve got to string some stuff together,” third baseman Kyle Seager said. “We’ve just got to step up when you get in (run-scoring) situations. We’ve got to make something happen.”
The out-of-town news was disheartening, too. Kansas City rallied for two two-out …
Want a quick primer on the wild-card race? Here’s the situation prior to Monday’s games:
Oakland and Detroit were 83-66. That meant the Tigers had a 1 1/2-game lead over Kansas City (81-67) in the American League Central; and the A’s led the Royals by the same margin in the race for the top wild-card spot.
Kansas City held a one-game lead over the Mariners (80-68) for the second wild-card spot. But the Royals are three outs away from another loss in a suspended game against Cleveland.
Barring a Royals comeback in that suspended game, which will be completed Sept. …