The numbers guys will tell you five games isn't much of a sample size, but for any Seattle Mariner fan who endured 2010, th first five games of 2011 are bone-chilling.
Put simply, the Mariners are now 2-3 after rookie Michael Pineda's first big-league start was impressive but ended in a 3-2 loss.
And here's the thing: In Seattle's two victories, they scored three or more runs. The Mariners three losses? Seven runs, total. Yes, Virginia, that old demon 'run support' is raising its ugly head one again.
“Michael was great tonight against a team that pretty much has its way with pitchers down here,” Adam Kennedy said of the Texas Rangers. “He deserved better. At the plate, we’re close. We’ve got to keep knocking on that door, get it open and score some runs.”
From your lips to God's ears, the pitching staff might say.
The Rangers (5-0) lead the American League West, and in their five games have scored 35 runs, or seven a game. The Mariners? They've put up 19 runs, just under four per game - with even those numbers skewed by having scored 11 in their two wins.
This was another game in which the Mariners clearly missed Gold Glove center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, who makes plays most other outfielders simply don't. When Texas scored its first run with two outs in the second inning, Mitch Moreland tripled off the wall in center.
It was no routine play, but Michael Saunders missed the ball by jumping to the top of the wall - and the ball hit the fence well below him. Gutierrez has a better shot at that catch.
Meanwhile, there's that offense. Behind Ichiro, Chone Figgins is batting .143. Behind Figgins, Milton Bradley is hitting .350 in five games - without an RBI. Jack Cust is at .125. Justin Smoak .294, without an RBI.
The sample size is small, but it's been 167 games since opening day 2010 - and Seattle is now 63-104.