The Mariners were hoping for a fresh start under new manager Eric Wedge, but the first nine games seem to be very much a repeat of the 2010 debacle.
Sunday's 6-4 loss to Cleveland was the seventh in a row for Seattle, which has not won a game since opening the season with back-to-back wins in Oakland.
Dating back to last year, the Mariners have two seven-game losing streaks in their last 32 games (they also lost seven consecutively Sept. 8-15 last year), so this is more of the same for Seattle.
Part of the problem is a lack of power. Before they got two seventh-inning homers Sunday, one each from outfielders Ryan Langerhans and Michael Saunders, the Mariners had just two homers in the first 78 innings played.
Of the four homers Seattle has hit this year, only one has come from a starter, and that was from Chone Figgins, who's not supposed to be a power threat. The men who are supposed to be power threats -- DH Jack Cust, left fielder Milton Bradley and first baseman Justin Smoak -- have yet to go deep.
It's more than just lack of power, though. It's lack of hits. Seattle had just five hits in Sunday's loss to the streaking Indians, and while they turned those into four runs thanks to the homers, Seattle is hitting just .217 as a team and just .173 (9-for-52) with men in scoring position during the seven-game losing streak.
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