The good ship Mariner ran a ground in shallow waters in California, losing three straight to the Angels, giving them a 1-5 road trip in California after losing two of three in Oakland.
With a 55-88 record the countdown is on. The Mariners have 19 games left and must win eight of those nineteen to avoid a 100 loss season.
The remaining schedule has Boston coming to Seattle for three and a weekend series with Texas before embarking on a nine game road trip to Toronto, Tampa Bay, and Texas. They wrap up the 2010 cruise with a four game set at home against the evil Oakland A’s.
Considering a tough road trip and the teams they will be playing, it looks the 100 loss season is looming like a North Atlantic iceberg in April 1912.
The Mariners lost 104, their most ever, in 1978, which was their second season. They lost 103 in their fourth season in 1980. In 1983 they lost 102, then a long streak of avoiding that number of futility, all the way to 2008, just two years ago. Now they are on the brink of hitting that berg and see the ship sink into cold waters.
Wakamatsu was fired and Brown the new manager is 13-18, but there is little he can do. The problem is not with the team manger, but with the players they have. They need a severe overhaul.
Following the season I will examine the team, position by position, with a look to their minor league teams to see what should be done. It is time to get new leadership, new players, and get back to winning-remember 2001 with a 116 win season. Seems like another century ago.