Who’s hot, who’s not?
The Seattle Mariners had another tough week. It seems to be the trend in Seattle baseball lately, but hold out a shred of hope it might turn around. The Mariners are scoring runs, make no bones about it.
In 6 games over the week, though, the Mariners were outscored again.
After putting up 33 runs you would think a team did well that week, right? Not if they gave up 42 runs to their opponents.
Only one guy got it right and did well all week while the rest of them team chose random days to go off. Mostly to no avail.
Let’s see who made the list this week.
Kyle Seager – 3B
Kyle Seager was the only Mariner who was consistently good. While other players were extremely streaky, Seager stepped up big this week to make up for some of the inadequacies. Too bad he was the only one. As we all know, no one man can carry this Mariners team on their back.
Seager is very worthy of a spot on your team. While he isn’t a standout 3rd baseman by any means…yet…his offensive production recently has been at least worth consideration of a Utility spot.
It paid off for me…
This week’s stat line: 8 for 25 (.320) with 4 Runs, 6 RBI, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 1 stolen base, 1 walk, 4 strike outs
Keep An Eye On
Michael Saunders – OF
Michael Saunders is still playing fairly well. Like everyone on the team, he has off weeks. Saunders has been lights out for over the last month now and a slow week should not make you think twice about this guy. See if it continues, then start worry.
The way Saunders has been playing, he could easily be a starter on your fantasy team. He warrants at least some consideration at Utility if you don’t have All-Star outfielders.
This week’s state line: 5 for 21 (.238) with 4 Runs, 2 RBI, 1 home run, 2 stolen bases, 1 walk, 3 strike outs
Dustin Ackley – 2B
Dustin Ackley has been slipping as of late. While he may be cold, he is still probably the best hitter on this team. Like I keep saying this week, everybody has cold streaks and bad weeks.
Unfortunately Ackley, like many of his teammates, had it happen to all of them in the same week.
Ackley is a starter on fantasy teams, hands down. There are very few exceptions to this rule.
This week’s stat line: 4 for 21 (.190) with 4 Runs, 0 RBI, 1 stolen base, 4 walks, 7 strike outs
Casper Wells – OF
Casper Wells has been playing like he doesn’t want anything to do with the Tacoma Rainiers. While he followed in the cold footsteps of his teammates this week, Wells has been playing pretty well lately and is starting to earn considerations for even more playing time. Who knows, depending on the future Ichiro decision, Wells may be the RF of the future.
He’s worth a spot on your bench if nothing else to fill in on off days. Otherwise, keep your eye on him, he has been clutch since returning from Tacoma.
This week’s stat line: 5 for 15 (.333) with 3 Runs, 5 RBI, 1 double, 2 walks, 5 strike outs
Justin Smoak – 1B
Justin Smoak went from hot to warm to cold. This is his second week in a row of poor play since he lit it up for a few weeks.
Let’s hope Smoak isn’t going to be off and on like this all season. If he is, I’m going to hope he does it when the team needs it most.
Mariners forgot the word “clutch.”
Smoak should definitely be a consideration for your team. When he strikes it hot again, your numbers will greatly increase.
But during an off week like this week, it will be like you left the spot open for that day.
This week’s stat line: 3 for 19 (.157) with 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strike outs
Jesus Montero – C/DH
Jesus Montero had another off week for a team’s premier power hitter. It doesn’t help that he was the National League casualty. By that, I mean he was the guy who got to sit on the bench when the DL was taken off the table in National League parks. Instead, Miguel Olivo and John Jaso shared catcher duties.
Montero should definitely be considered for a starting role on your team. While his offensive output isn’t monstrous, he will give you more numbers than a lot of just average players.
This week was a fluke given the last month and a half.
This week’s stat line: 1 for 14 (.071) with 1 Run, 0 RBI, 1 walk, 6 strike outs
Starting Pitching Rotation (besides Felix)
The starting rotation was horrendous with the exception of King Felix. The only other win came due to the bullpen bailing out the starters. If the starting rotation does not shape up soon, it’s going to be re-tooled in a massive way.
We could soon see new pitchers from Tacoma like Danny Hultzen or Andrew Carraway as well as seeing lower minor league pitchers get promoted pretty quickly.
This week’s stat line: 25 1/3 innings, 40 hits, 31 Runs, 26 Earned Runs, 9 walks, 13 strike outs (Combined 5 starts this week besides Felix’s)