[caption id="attachment_31089" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Robinson Cano, Austin Jackson and the Mariners scored 13 runs over the past five games, which included a 1-4 record during that stretch. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)[/caption]
By Meg WochnickStaff writer
SEATTLE -- Hello, offense? Where’ve you been?
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During the Seattle Mariners’ current six-game homestand, posting a 1-4 mark entering Sunday and starring a 1.5-game deficit in the standings for the second American League wild-card spot, the run-scoring production picked a bad time to slow to a crawl.
Thirteen runs over five games, including one run or fewer in two games. Seattle is 66-20 when scoring three or more runs, and two of those 20 losses have occurred in two of the past three games against a Nationals club that’s had the Mariners’ number (11 straight wins) since moving to Washington in 2005.
“That’s been the one area (scoring runs) where when we excel,” acting manager Trent Jewett said pregame, “we’re really good, and when we don’t excel, that’s usually what we point to. Pointing to things doesn’t really solve anything. We try to be efficient as possible and get the most out of what you have. Post All-Star Break, we’ve done pretty good in that regard. Of late, we haven’t done as well.”
On the flip side, the Mariners have allowed 33 hits and 23 runs -- including nine homers -- during its three-game losing skid.
MORE DAY GAMES AHEAD
Including Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. start, Seattle has two more day games over the next three days -- Monday’s 1:05 p.m. start to kick off its three-game series at Oakland, followed by a 12:35 p.m. start Wednesday.
Major League rosters can expand to 40 on Monday, which, combined with the club’s upcoming travel and day games, could lead to more lineup shuffling.
“We’ll have options,” Jewett said. “We’ll proceed accordingly. I think that’s the reason the rules are they way they are. It becomes challenging physically and mentally with the added day games and travel that’s in our near future.
Manager Lloyd McClendon is en route to Seattle to manage Sunday's game after missing the past two games to attend his only daughter's wedding Saturday in Indiana. ... First baseman Logan Morrison isn’t in Sunday’s lineup, getting what Jewett called a “mental breather.” Morrison’s hitless streak reached four games after an 0-for-4 outing in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Nationals and is 0-for-15 over his past four games. ... Left-hander Joe Beimel reached a milestone over the weekend, officially hitting 10 years of Major League service. Beimel has appeared in 614 games (591 in relief) with the seven organizations (Pirates, Twins, Rays, Dodgers, Nationals, Rockies and Mariners).