The Week in Mariners
Woo-whee. WWWL,WWW. That’s how you set the ‘snooze’ button on the fire Hargrove alarm. What’s to say, really? The pitching’s been fantastic (well, except Pineiro)(and Green)(okay, Moyer wasn’t fantastic, exactly).
Ichiro! hit .559.
His OBP was .571.
His slugging % was .794.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this lately, but Ichiro! can hit a little.
Among all major leaguers, there’s only a handful who had better weeks (and Ichiro! has more plate appearances than any of these): Joe Mauer, who feasted on M’s pitching, Jason Bay, Hafrner, some Griffey kid, Beltran, Victor Martinez… Berkman… who cares. The point is Ichiro! is absolutely on fire.
It’s a shame that he got off to a slow start. Digging himself out of this hole has made people overlook his excellence this year. Ichiro’s on the leaderboards for park-adjusted hitting: by EQA, he’s the most valuable right fielder in baseball right now. I understand he plays some defense, too.
Man that dude is good. Quick, ask your local columnist to write about how he can’t sustain this success and will inevitably “regress to the mean” or some such thing.
Also, Johjima’s off his torrid pace, Sexson’s still sucking, Beltre had an overall off week despite seeming to take well to the lineup switch, and C-Rex was just baaaaaaaaad.