May 4th 2008 12:38PM by Tom Fornelli
The Mariners 6-1 loss to the Yankees on Saturday was the final straw for manager John McLaren. Not only was it the team’s fourth straight loss, dropping them to 13-18, but it was another loss in which the Mariners offense struggled mightily. So far this season the Mariners haven’t lived up to the expectations put upon them.
After finishing 88-74 last season, and having added a frontline pitcher in Erik Bedard, and innings eater Carlos Silva, many thought Seattle would compete with the Angels for the division title this season. Well, while the pitching staff has done it’s job, the offense has struggled all season, and McLaren ripped into them after yesterday’s loss.McLaren ordered the clubhouse door sealed tight this time after his players had filed in following their uninspired 6-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon. And then, in a rapid-fire tirade that lasted only a few moments, he unloaded on his team with angry words that could be heard echoing in the hallway outside.
When it was over, the clubhouse door finally opened, and a sullen McLaren, voice shaky at times, repeated the verbal criticism for the media in a much lower tone. But it was clear from all involved that he is fed up with the lack of production from a team whose expectations have vastly exceeded results so far.While the Mariners are hitting .252 as a team so far, not great but not horrible, they’re next to last in the American League with a .314 OBP, and have hit only .239 with runners in scoring position. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if you have trouble getting runners on base, and then have a tough time getting those few runners across the plate, you’re going to struggle.
Whether or not McLaren’s tirade will do anything to wake up Seattle’s slumbering bats, well, we’ll have to wait and see.