Following last night's 10-5 loss to the Houston Astros, the Seattle Mariners not only found themselves 4.0 games out of first place after just a week and a half of regular-season play, they also tied a club record for futility.

After their first 10 contests this year, Seattle, celebrating their 40th anniversary as an MLB franchise, has now tied the 1978 and 2004 clubs for fewest wins.

The '78 edition began their campaign by stumbling out of the gate with a 2-9 record before ending the year with a final ledger of just 58-102. The aught-four M's also went 2-8 en route to a 63-99 final record.

Is the writing already on the wall for the 2017 club? Time will certainly tell but, if the Mariners need a case study in how to turn things around, they can look to the 1991 Minnesota Twins as an example. The Twins started that season at 2-9 before finishing with 93 more wins in their last 151 games (35 games over .500) to end up 95-67.

Oh, yeah... they also won the World Series that year.