Adrian Beltre

JMB · July 3, 2005 at 6:58 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Adrian Beltre missed five games in mid-June (14th through 18th). He was hitting .244/.279/.361 at the time, certainly not the production we all expected.

His line currently sits at .264/.305/.403, so yeah, he’s done some good things since his mini-DL stint — by my calculations, he’s hitting .360/.458/.480 since missing those games. Expanding the sample a bit, he hit .321/.391/.444 in June.

In any event, I’m not concerned.


13 Responses to “Adrian Beltre”

  1. drjeff on July 3rd, 2005 8:11 am

    I know this is a purely subjective measure, but I think he just looks better at the plate… he no longer looks like he wants to swing at each pitch twice.

    I remember posting early on that I liked how aggressive he looked up there, but it’s nice to see him laying off a few pitches and finding his rhythm.

  2. JMB on July 3rd, 2005 8:41 am

    I agree; he appears to be laying off the low-and-away breaking stuff that he went after so willingly early on. He makes the first motion of a swing, but is able to lay off.


  3. sodomojojojo on July 3rd, 2005 9:52 am

    and the “happy feet” seemed to have settled down a bit as well.

  4. edgarfan on July 3rd, 2005 12:08 pm

    Um, completely off-topic, but Boone has just been DFA’ed, Lopez is back to be the everyday second baseman, and Dave Hansen has been put on the 15-day DL to make room for…..DOYLE!

  5. moira on July 3rd, 2005 12:15 pm

    All hail the beginning of the post-Boone era!

  6. JMB on July 3rd, 2005 12:20 pm

    Moira, where’ve you been? How’s the little one?


  7. moira on July 3rd, 2005 12:24 pm

    Hi Jason, I’ve been waiting for the Mariners to live up to my expectations… and the little one is excellent, if time consuming! Hope you guys are doing well in NY!

  8. Vaughn Street on July 3rd, 2005 12:31 pm

    Great to see Beltre’s getting hot. Almost makes me want to get excited about this terrible team.

    Look at the standings this morning. Seattle is running with Kansas City and Tampa Bay, with a payroll that suggests it should be running with LAA, CWS and Baltimore. Beltre’s hot, so what.

    At the start of the year, the general consensus on this blog was wait until 2006. For what? Without wholesale changes on the pitching staff, 2006 looks no different that 2004 and 2005. Without wholesale changes in the FO, can anyone realistically get excited about 2008 or 2009? I can’t.

    Even when Beltre was hitting ..244, the team’s problems were not his fault. Now that he’s hot, we know he’s not to blame. This franchise suffers from mismanagement that borders on grotesque. This blog has brilliantly broken down all of the symptoms: injured arms, a paucity of early draft picks, weakest bench this side of the Supreme Court, etc.

    The franchise is now trying to fill seats based on the success of 10 years ago. That’s all they got for us? Fans will go along with charades and losing for only so long. I’m a passionate Mariner fan, and my cynicism quotient is through the roof. This team totally sucks, and how can anyone here not feel ripped off?.

    So what to do? Recognize that the FO needs to be replaced and do it now. As for the team, blow this circus up and start over. I’m sure there are plenty of teams in the playoff chase that can use a slugging 3B who’s hot as a firecracker.

    Which reminds me. Happy Fourth everyone. Turn off your TV, your radio and your computer, fire up the Barbie and light those M-80s. There will be lots to get excited about on Opening Day.

    In 2010.

  9. Paul on July 3rd, 2005 12:32 pm

    Wow is this it for Boone?

  10. JMB on July 3rd, 2005 1:31 pm

    Somebody will pick him up. I can’t see him going to Tacoma, though.


  11. Colm on July 3rd, 2005 5:14 pm

    Hmmm, the power is still not really there, but it’s a heck of an improvement. I pray to God it’s not some small-sample-size Chimera.

  12. Shoeless Jose on July 4th, 2005 1:01 am

    I kept telling everyone: Beltre does not play well at the start of the season, and especially in May. Look at his career numbers by month. His June wasn’t anything special, but I expect the improvement to continue over the summer.

    And it’s going to start all over again next spring. I never watched him in LA, so I don’t know if he forgets to lay off that outside pitch over every winter, or he starts the season pressing too much, or he doesn’t like the colder months, or what. But he hits much better in months with a “u” in them…

  13. Chris Miller on July 4th, 2005 2:33 pm

    #12, don’t say that, please!!!! Dont give them ideas. I wouldn’t put it past them to get some good “may guys” or “june and july guys” to even out the team, to have a productive hitter every month!!! It’s a bonus if they have grit.