Baseballmusings.com points out that the Seattle Mariners have a lower team on-base percentage (.316) and slugging percentage (.350) than the average shortstop in the American League. Ouch.
The Mariners, a trendy preseason pick to win the American League West with Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee topping the rotation, knew they were going to rely on pitching and defense. But they didn't count on being as flat-out miserable at the plate as they are. Their OPS of .666 is worst in the league and at least 25 points worse than everyone except the hapless Orioles .
Now it's being reported that DH Mike Sweeney will go on the DL today because of lingering back problems, with first baseman Mike Carp being called up to take his spot. Sweeney hasn't exactly set the world on fire this season, but his .258 average is 13 points higher than the team average and 17 points higher than the league average for DH.
Today the Mariners embark on a 10-game road trip after being swept at home by the Angels over the weekend, a sweep that left them eight games back in the division. Oh yeah, and the most popular player in the history of the city walked away last week without so much as a tip of the cap.
Tough times for Mariners fans.