Why "in part"? Well, Ichiro and Figgins went a combined 0 for 8 today. Once again, the top of our order provides nothing in the form of offense and does more rally killing than rally starting. It is getting old and to the point of disgusting. In the past 10 games Ichiro is 6 for 42, .143 AVG. Chone Figgins is 4 for 44 with a .091 AVG. Really?
This has to be dealt with! Winning or not, we cannot let this be!With the bases loaded and only one out, Ichiro hit a grounder back to C.C. today and the Yankees were able to turn the home to first double play.
Justin Smoak hit a homerun today for our one run. Since being in the three hole he has struggled, but still has a knack for coming through in the clutch. He is 8 for 41 with a .195 AVG over his past 10 games.
If it weren't for the bottom of the order we would most likely be on another 6 game losing streak. Brendan Ryan, Franklin Gutierrez, Miguel Olivo (although he wasn't in the lineup today) and Adam Kennedy (also not in the lineup) have been the producers on the team and for some reason facing the Yankees and Sabathia it was deemed unnecessary to leave the hot bats in the lineup.
I don't want to assume anything, but that's what you do as a fan and a writer, so here we go: Did Eric Wedge rest guys assuming that we would take a loss today? In my opinion, that's what he did. Saunders in left field? What has he done besides carry a bat on his shoulder back and forth from the dugout. Mike Wilson was in there because of C.C. pitching, but he has barely played. Cust has even been somewhat hot as of late.
On a day when we settled with our 2 wins and one loss against the Yankees, the rest of the AL West were turning up W's. That leaves us tied for last place with Oakland who just finished a series sweep against Baltimore and a game and a half out of first place again.
Not to be a downer, but somebody really needs to break out the stat sheet and show Mr. Wedge. I know he knows, I just can't figure out why it has to stay the way it is at the top of the order. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, well Mariners, this is broken!
Until next time!