No matter how much you hear the Mariners say, "It's a new season," it rings a little hollow.
This season seems a little like any number of the past several seasons. And that was certainly true Thursday night.
Felix Hernandez pitched an absolute gem of a game against the Indians, dominating them on just three hits in eight scoreless innings while striking out 12. But the Mariners scratched out just one run, and closer Brandon League led the game get away in the top of the ninth as the Indians pulled out a 2-1 win.
It was the fourth time in 14 games that the Mariners scored either one or no runs -- a miserable 28.6 percent of the time.
It's difficult to makes season-long judgments based on 14 games, but en route to last year's 95 losses, the Mariners scored one or no runs in 42 games, 25.9 percent of the time. So in the early going at least, the Mariners are being offensively uncompetitive a greater percentage of the time this year than last.
And last year they had the American League's worst scoring offense.
"We need to do a better job getting runners in from third base," manager Eric Wedge said.
Seattle only had runners on base in four innings against winning pitcher Josh Tomlin, but three of the four saw the inning end with a man on third base.
"It's going to get better," Wedge said.
It hasn't yet.
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