Dave · May 23, 2006 at 7:37 am · Filed Under Mariners
Just some random musings while basking in the glow of a four game winning streak.
J.J. Putz has been the most dominant reliever in baseball this year. He threw 15 lights out innings in April. However, in the last three weeks since being named closer, he’s thrown just 7 2/3 innings. While I know everyone freaked out when Guardado came in the game yesterday, Hargrove is right – the M’s are a better team when Eddie Guardado is being used to protect 2 or 3 run leads in the 9th, and we get Putz pitching the higher leverage middle innings for longer stints. Unfortunately, the way Grover uses his bullpen, J.J. Putz is being wasted as the closer.
Ichiro is hitting .349/.376/.389 in May. 26 of his 29 hits have been singles. That’s absurd, and, unfortunately, unsustainable. Obviously, we like this Ichiro better than the April version, but I’ll be glad when he’s ripping line drives in the alleys again.
Jose Lopez, slugging .527, has 7 sacrifice bunts. He’s tied with Ronny Cedeno (.285/.305/.380) for the major league lead. There are 57 players in the majors with .500+ slugging percentages. Excluding Lopez, the other 56 have combined for 11 sacrifice bunts. Bill Hill is second among those 57 players in laying down the bunt – he has three. Stop. Bunting. With. Lopez.
Adrian Beltre is slugging .247 at Safeco Field. It’s like we have Jeff Cirillo’s less talented Latino cousin or something.
And, just for the fun of it, Jeff Cirillo this year – .383/.411/.511. Shoot me.
But, yea, four game winning streak! Woo!