With the season approaching its one-quarter mark and the Seattle Mariners finding themselves once again in last place one can't help but break out some comparisons to the 2011 team.
Both teams were enjoying nearly identical records at this point in the season. Both teams' batting averages hover around a dismal .235.
It goes without saying that Manager Eric Wedge's job is probably one of the toughest in sports. With a bunch of inconsistent and somewhat streaky rookies and grossly underperforming veterans, Wedge has little control over what actually goes on the field.
It's a narrow tightrope to walk between making lineup and roster decisions while not frustrating the team. If Wedge loses the clubhouse, he's as good as home.
But for now, the plummeting M's still have potential to work with to save an offense that admittedly we didn't have high expectations for coming into the season. Also a lot of secret hope that Ichiro might revive his career or that Justin Smoak might make this a breakout season.