The Seattle Mariners were one of the weakest hitting teams in baseball.  Until they came to Detroit, that is.  After thumping the Tigers 7-3 Tuesday, Seattle Smoaked the Motor City Kitties 10-1 tonight.  Justin Verlander gave up a 3-run homer to

Justin Smoak in the first inning, and that was all the Mariners needed.  Of course they piled on a bunch more once the Tigers went to the bullpen.  Smoak had 5 runs batted in for the M's.  It was an ugly game for Detroit.  Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch seem to be the only hitters that show up on a consistent basis.  This team has too many hitters below the Mendoza line (below a .200 batting average).  Austin Jackson needs to get a taste of life in Toledo and can share a room with Will Rhymes (for the record, I like both of these players but they ain't getting it done right now in the Big Leagues).  Ryan Rayburn clanks too many balls off his glove no matter where he plays in the field (another one tonight...one of four Tiger errors).  Time to put Ramon Santiago in the lineup.  Verlander didn't pitch great tonight, but he pitched well enough to win.  He just didn't get much help, in the field or from our hitters.

The Tigers try not to get swept by the lowly Mariners tomorrow afternoon at Comerica Park.  1:05 pm start, weather permitting.  Brad Penny will try to halt the losing streak at two.  Let's hope he gets more help than Verlander got tonight.

The Tigers head to Cleveland for a three game series with the first-place Indians this weekend.  After that, the Yankees come to town for 4.  It's not going to get any easier.