April 9, 2010

This is already a painful season for the Mariners

Not the start that the Seattle Mariners were looking for this season.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Colby Lewis got his first major league win over six years, leading the Texas Rangers over the Mariners 6-2 Friday night and sending skidding Seattle to its fourth straight loss.

Lewis (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked four. The 30-year-old right-hander won in the major leagues for the first time since starting for the Rangers and beating Barry Zito at Oakland on April 7, 2004.

This is the worst start for the Mariners since 2004, and Cliff Lee may not be back until May. Oh boy.

The pitching hasn't been as good as advertised, something Lee was expected to bolster. The bats for the Mariners are tepid at best - and even though it's just five games into the season, the weaknesses are very apparent.

Oakland isn't supposed to be even close to contending this year, yet they took the opening series against the Mariners three games to one. Texas is a divisional opponent and any loss against them is key down the stretch if things turn into a pennant race.

However, if things continue the way they have been going, I don't think the Mariners will have to worry about any pennant race.

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