Come to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and you'd better figure two runs isn't going to keep you with a field go of the Texas Rangers. The Mariners scored twice tonight - and lost by a field goal.
Worse, the 9-2 Texas romp was a complete loss for Seattle.
They managed only five hits. They walked seven Rangers, which made 15 Texas hits much more productive. They committed two errors and at least that many mistakes.
Charlie Furbush gave up four runs, then left in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and nobody out, asking Jamey Wright to clean up for him. All three runners scored.
“I got lucky on the double play. (Mike) Carp caught a line drive and tagged the runner before he could get back to the bag. If he doesn’t get the double play, I might still be out there pitching,” Wright said.
Simply put, if the Mariners play their best game, they can hold their own with Texas. When they don't, they get hammered, which is why they're 2-9 vs. the Rangers in 2011.
Seattle simply doesn't match up well, and the differences between the two teams is startling.
The Rangers have five pitchers with at least 10 wins. The Mariners have one.
The Rangers have four hitters with 60-or-more RBI. The Mariners have none. They don’t have anyone with as many as 50 RBI yet.
These are two teams spending the final months of 2011 with far different ambitions.
The Rangers want to get back to the World Series.
The Mariners want to look at their farm system, watch their kids play and see what they’ve got to build on for 2012
Can Furbush start and be successful? Are hitters like Carp, Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak, Trayvon Robinson, Carlos Peguero and Kyle Seager all keepers? Will relievers Dan Cortes, Tom Wilhelmsen and Josh Lueke harness their arms and become consistent strike throwers?
The Mariners need to know those answers and more. It's just not likely they'll win many more games in 2011 while trying to get them.