Game 51, Mariners at Angels
Olson vs Santana.
I’m still looking forward to seeing Ichiro’s season spun into a negative story about him. Suggestions:
- Ichiro’s consistent hitting puts undue pressure on other players to perform, and they’re pressing at the plate, causing the team’s offensive woes, and he refuses to go 0-fer to let them relax.
- Ichiro’s speed and smart baserunning makes other players look comparatively worse, forcing them to worry about getting good leads and not being thrown out, distracting them and causing them to take bad leads and get thrown out.
- Ichiro’s (and the outfield’s, for that matter) consistent fielding are making the pitchers concentrate on trying to get fly balls, which takes them away from pitching to their strengths and makes them more prone to giving up home runs.
Good luck with that!