The Seattle Mariners have scored just 11 runs in their last five games – the final game of a series in St.Louis, a three-game set over the weekend against Cincinnati, and Tuesday night’s encounter with the Chicago Cubs.
By contrast, the M’s pitching staff has allowed only two runs in those five contests.
Lefty Jason Vargas threw seven strong innings on Tuesday in Seattle’s 2-0 triumph over the Cubs – managed by former Mariner skipper Lou Piniella.
Vargas, who started this streak by beating the Cardinals, allowed just four hits and fanned seven Chicago hitters.
Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez and Ryan Rowland-Smith sandwiched strong starts between the efforts of Vargas during the M’s sweep of the Reds. Lee and Hernandez hurled complete games while Rowland-Smith notched his first win of 2010.
Now that the pitching has come around, it’s time for the Mariners’ offense to do the same.