Mariners livin' the nightmare

Starting Mariners' pitcher Blake Beavan is consoled by catcher Josh Bard and shortstop Jack Wilson...

Starting Mariners' pitcher Blake Beavan is consoled by catcher Josh Bard and shortstop Jack Wilson during Sunday's loss to the Texas Rangers. (GETTY IMAGES)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:36 PM ET

It has all fallen apart for the Seattle Mariners.

Swept to the curb in a four-game set against the division-leading Texas Rangers upon their return to action following the all-star break, the Mariners find themselves in a nightmarish nine-game losing streak.

At the centre of their struggles is the one major flaw in the team that has plagued them the entire season — a complete absence of any semblance of offence.

Against the Rangers, the Mariners scored just two runs in the four games and they enter play against the Blue Jays with a league-worst .221 batting average.

Over those nine losses the Mariners have not hit a home run, which is the second longest homerless streak in club history, and were out-scored 41-11.

They have not hit a home run since July 5 and have not scored more than two runs in an inning since July 1.

Their offence is so bad it’s almost comical.

Making matters worse, while the Mariners have been losing, the Rangers have been winning — 11 in a row and counting — to drop Seattle 11 1/2 games back and out of contention in the AL West.

“One thing I have to realize is that we’re not playing bad baseball, we’re just not hitting at all,” manager Eric Wedge said following Sunday’s loss. “It’s one definite area right now that we have to attack, and that’s what we’re doing.”

There is not one player the Mariners can turn to to show them the way.

The Mariners do not have a player hitting .300 or better while power-wise they are led by first baseman Justin Smoak and catcher Miguel Olivo, who are tied for the team lead in home runs, each with 12. Smoak, though, is hitting all of .227 while Olivo is 10 points worse at .217. Smoak is also the Mariners’ top run producer with 43 RBIs.

Right now, the Mariners are grasping at straws in attempting to deal with their failures at the plate.

“Hitting is very individualized, so everybody has their strengths and weaknesses,” veteran Adam Kennedy said. “It’s our job to find that out and use those strengths.

“This is where you find out what kind of person you are and how you are going to make adjustments. We’re just going through that with everybody right now.”

To which Wedge added: “I know it’s going to get better. I think anytime you’ve been through it before, it helps you the next time.

“Ultimately, you have to believe good things lie ahead. As tough as it is right now, we’ll get this thing turned around.”

The question all Mariners’ fans are asking is: ‘When?’


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