Morse and Saunders out, who steps up for the Mariners?

Big bucks, no bang

The Mariners may have a new look this year, but trust me, they’re the same old Mariners.  You know, the ones that continue to break our hearts year after year.

With both Michael Morse and Michael Saunders due to miss some time, the M’s need some bench players to step up in a hurry.

And so far, that doesn’t look like its going to happen.

Through both the Houston, and 3/4 of the Texas series’, runners have been stranded in scoring position like it’s going out of style.

Hits have been coming. And better yet, walks have been coming.

We get guys on. We get guys over. We get guys in position to score: And then like a dud on 4th of July, nothing.

Pitching has been decent, with the exception of our 4th and 5th guys, but help has been acquired for that. We hope.

Our problem is the same as it always has been. Scoring runs.

The two guys I am looking toward for help are the most obvious, and also the most capable. Unless Jack Z can spring a deal to get Casper Wells back.

Raul Ibanez

Raul Ibanez Seattle Mariners

Both Ibanez and Bay need to step it up at the plate (Photo:

Raul Ibanez has looked great this year – once. He was brought in to be a veteran presence for the club, and be another left-handed option in the outfield.

But with the injuries to both our starting left, and right fielders, Ibanez will be called upon more often. And not just to shag some fly balls either, which he had some trouble with already this week.

Ibanez now needs to be the leader on the field. He needs to be the hitter he was during his second stint with the M’s.

So far this year, Ibanez is hitting .185, with a HR, 2 doubles and 3 RBI’s. Money well spent right?

Not that any of the other M’s starters are tearing the cover off the ball, but both Saunders and Morse were hitting upward of .300.

Those at bats will need to be accounted for now.

Jason Bay

Jason Bay was also brought in to be a veteran leader of sorts. Beating out what now seemed to be the most popular player on last years roster, Casper Wells, on the last day of spring training.

Bay has not been a middle of the order guy for quite some time, so we can’t really rely on him for Morse numbers. But what he isn’t for sure is a leadoff hitter, or a lefty either for that matter. Where do the Michael Saunders at bats come from now?

Endy Chavez has the speed potential, but Bay has the power potential. Since Saunders is set to miss more time than Morse, we will probably see a platoon of sorts with Chavez and Bay.

Through Saturday, Bay is hitting .238, with a HR, a double, and 2 RBI’s. What we are missing now though is a .290 average, 7 HR’s and 14 RBI’s with Morse and Saunders out.

Morse and Saunders combined for just under half of our total team HR’s. We replace them with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s, with a batting average of .212.

That is just simply not going to cut it. Veteran free-agents need to be able to perform on the field, not just give words of wisdom in the clubhouse. So far, these two guys have failed miserably.

Once again, money well spent.

It’s early, I know. But it only gets tougher from here on out.


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