Yes, it's raining and the roof is closed on Safeco Field, as fans come in dressed in rain jackets and shorts - welcome to July in Seattle!
Far more disappointing than the weather? The Seattle Mariners team batting average - .222. How, you may wonder, is that possible for a major league team? Well, eight Mariners with the team are currently batting below .222, only seven above.
Of those above, two players are barely above: Justin Smoak (.227) and Jack Wilson (.226). The highest average on the team - not counting Doug Fister's .333 - is Dustin Ackley's .288, but he's played only 23 games.
And while players like Jack Cust (.207), Carlos Peguero (.196) and Franklin Gutierrez (.189) continue to struggle, players like Tacoma's Ryan Langerhans, Mike Carp and Mike Wilson are all hitting well above .300 with power in the Pacific Coast League
Some time soon, the Mariners have to change their roster. Seattle's offense ranks 30th among the 30 teams in major league baseball. The 29th team? San Diego - which is hitting .230, even with pitchers batting.
If this isn't the fault of batting coach Chris Chambliss, it's a matter of the talent not being here. And if it's a matter of talent, it's time to try different players, even guys we've seen before like Langerhans, Carp and Wilson. The Mariners cannot win with two runs or less a night. No team can.
No other team tries. If Jack Zduriencik can't make a deal for offense, and making one probably isn't sensible this month, the least he can do is try to improve from within. We've seen what this group of Mariners can do. There are players Eric Wedge must use who are not big-league hitters.
Find a few in today's lineup vs. Texas LHP Matt Harrison:
Ichiro rfFranklin Gutierrez cfDustin Ackley 2bMiguel Olivo DHJustin Smoak 1bGreg Halman lfJosh Bard cChone Figgins 3bJack Wilson ss