A week ago, the Seattle Mariners were coming off their first series sweep of the season. A day later they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays to bring their record back over .500. The Mariners have since dropped six straight.
On Monday, they ruined another King Felix masterpiece.
On Tuesday, they whiffed another 12 times.
To put it kindly, some Mariners hitters are not exercising enough patience at the plate.
Shields came into this game having struck out 28 batters over his first 35.1 innings pitched. He can thank the Mariners for increasing his strikeouts-per-innings-pitched ratio from .80 to .95.
In a quote, given to The Sports Exchange on CBSSports.com, "The strikeouts are ridiculous," manager Eric Wedge said. "We're better than that. If we have to change personnel or change roles, so be it."
Mariners hitters have struck out 60 times over the last seven games.
After whiffing an additional eight times in the series' finale, the M's are now on pace to finish the year with just more than 1,300 strikeouts. That would establish a new franchise high, or low, or...whichever way you slice it, something has to give.
Brendan Ryan has 21 K's in 64 at-bats.
The M's record now stands at 11-16. Earlier this week, I lobbied for the call-up of some young guns.
Consider my call now clarion.
Mr. Wedge, you are not the only one miffed by all the whiffs. Please, give us hope. Make those changes soon.