The Seattle Mariners are not playing good ball right now, and the White Sox took advantage of a team that is struggling at the plate. Not only were the Mariners on the wrong end of a perfect game on April 21, but they also got swept at home and were outscored by Chicago 18-7 in the series. That optimism from the spring is starting to wane a bit as the Mariners fell to 7-10, which includes a dismal home record of 3-6.
The Mariners did score four runs against the White Sox in the final game of the series, but they only had eight hits. Figgins is starting to look as lost as he has been the last two years. His average is .215, and Dustin Ackley is not far behind at .245 for the season. The M's prized future star Jesus Montero is hitting .241 with two home runs. As a team, the Mariners have dropped to 26th in the league in batting average and 29th in on-base percentage. Unfortunately, there is something very familiar about those rankings.
The wrong way to join the record books
Good for Philip Humber. Anytime a player pitches a perfect game, you have to tip your hat and acknowledge the accomplishment. It's painful when it is against your favorite team, but it is still a rare feat. Granted, it does say something about how bad your lineup is when a guy who is 12-10 lifetime comes in and mows down 27 batters in a row. Humber is now amongst the elite throwers on the perfect game list, but I would venture to say that few people knew of him before this game. I have a feeling we will hear about this game for years to come, just as I have heard about the Roger Clemens 20-strikeout game against the Mariners a few too many times.
The Mariners have lost four in a row, and they will now get to enjoy a 10-game road trip. Not good.
The author lives in Los Angeles, but grew up in Seattle and still roots faithfully for the Mariners even though they are sometimes frustrating to watch. He gets to Seattle whenever he can to see his M's. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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