The problem is so old now, so frustratingly persistent, that it’s beginning to feel permanent.
The Mariners can’t hit. Couldn’t in 2010, couldn’t in 2012, can’t now.
Not well enough to get them where they want to go, anyway. Once again, their offensive futility is proving oppressive, and is now threatening to undermine what had been a hopeful, overachieving season.
That’s what these next three days before the trade deadline have turned into: One last chance for Jack Zduriencik to fix it.