Here are some sobering projections.
The Mariners are on pace to win 64 games (rounded up). All-Star 2B Robinson Cano, from the No. 3 spot in the lineup, is on pace to hit six homers and drive in 41 runs (rounded up). The Mariners are on pace for 29 walk-off losses (rounded up there too).
As Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times noted Friday, the Mariners will likely have to play .600 ball the rest of the way to be in the running for the postseason after posting a .393 winning percentage through the first 28 games.
At 11-17, the last-place Mariners have lost six of their last seven and are coming off a 4-6 road trip that ended with a pair of walk-off losses that came after the offense finally showcased a pulse. Yet, only Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager are hitting better than .250.
They have begun a nine-game homestand Friday night at Safeco Field against the Oakland Athletics. With Lloyd McClendon’s club already 7.5 games out of the division lead, the next couple of weeks have more importance than most imagined it would before the season.
GM Jack Zduriencik told reporters this week that it’s time for players to start living up to the high expectations.
But who’s to blame for this early-season calamity? Time to weigh in.