Game 65, Mariners at Blue Jays
4:07, Silva v McGowan.
For all of the initial talk about Lee Elia continuing Pentland’s approach except with some minor difference I’m not so sure about, Elia’s already came out saying that he wants to see his batters improve their plate discipline. With that in mind…
Mariner Leaders, BB, total
Beltre and Ibanez, 27
Balentien and Wilkerson, 10
… wait, I’m sorry…Wilkerson is tied for 5th-most walks on the Mariners? They threw him off the team for not hitting. And as bad as that punchless .232/.348/.304 is, it’s still more productive than three current regulars: Balentien, Vidro, and Johjima.
Elia has a challenge ahead of him, certainly.
(interesting fact — Wilkerson doesn’t show up on the M’s sortable stats page on MLB.com)