The Seattle Mariners are a team with middle-of-the-pack pitching in the American League in their first 25 games, and their offense isn't even dead last.
So what's the problem?
Well, in a word, 'scoring.' During the four-game losing streak they bring to tonight's game in Tampa, the Mariners are a stunning 0-for-30 with runners in scoring position - an impossibly impotent stretch.
That's led to five runs - total - if the four losses. Tonight, manager Eric Wedge has come up with another lineup. Among other things, he's dropped Justin Smoak from the cleanup spot.
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Just for fun, let's have a pool: Which Mariner will break the streak and collect a hit with a runner in scoring position?
Chone Figgins LFDustin Ackley 3B Ichiro RFJesus Montero CKyle Seager 3BAlex Liddi 1BJustin Smoak DHMichael Saunders CFBrendan Ryan SSBlake Beavan P