Mariners Weekly Rundown: Tough Times have Returned to Seattle

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Jun 10, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) looks as his helmet after it flew off his head while swinging at a pitch during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 10, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) looks as his helmet after it flew off his head while swinging at a pitch during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 10, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) looks as his helmet after it flew off his head while swinging at a pitch during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 10, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) looks as his helmet after it flew off his head while swinging at a pitch during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /

It has been an unpleasant week for the Mariners and their fans.

The past few weeks have forced the Seattle Mariners’ faithful to pump the brakes on buying 2016 playoff tickets. After peaking at 10 games over .500 (28-18) and 1.5 games ahead in the American League West on May 25, the Mariners have skidded into the ditch in recent weeks. The Mariners have not won a series since May 25, and they boast a dismal record of 6-11 in their last 17 games.

The week began with a 3-1 loss against the Cleveland Indians and it ended with a 6-4 loss against the Texas Rangers. The Mariners went 3-2 in the games in between, but still exited the week with a losing record. Seattle is currently sitting in second place in the AL West, 5.0 games back of the division leading Rangers.

Overall, the Mariners scored a total of 28 runs across 7 games, good for an average of 4 runs per contest. The offense has been inconsistent, but it’s the pitching and defense that has truly let the club down recently. Seattle allowed just 2.9 runs per game this week, but those numbers are skewed by a pair of dominant outings against Cleveland early in the week.

Tonight we will focus on which individuals have stood out during the past 7 games. We will look at who played well and also who played poorly this week. Let’s begin by discussing the impressive week put together by Robinson Cano.

Next: Cano Continues to Lead the Way for Seattle

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