The Disaster Of SeptemberSeptember 26th, 2012 by terrybenish
Through the end of business yesterday the Mariners had scored 577 runs with eight games to go at the pace of runs this month they should muster enough runs to get to just over 600 runs, say 601. That off of 556 and 513 in the two previous terrible years.
The Mariners are the worst offensive team in the American league in terms of runs scored, of course which is how you tally up wins and losses. Cleveland is the next closest at 628 runs which is fifty runs more.
Going into September barring an absolute collapse scoring 625 runs for the year seemed achievable. Missing 600 after last night’s debacle of twenty strikeouts is possible.
There has been much a do about Justin Smoak’s resurgence, however I would remind you he is as constant to September as Hailey’s comment is to every once in a while, Smoak laces call ups. If you just look at who Wedge has run out to play as opposed who he has not then this whole thing looks sort of discouraging, I mean how often has Wedge, talked about making them tough and always playing to win?
John Jaso since May when Wedge understood he was the best player on the team was far and away the best hitter on the team going into the last month. He is 7th in plate appearances.
The best players this month are Smoak, Saunders and Seager.
NAME Plate Appearances
Smoak 66 1.077
Saundrs 63 0.945
Seager 91 0.831
Olivo 48 0.781
Jaso 52 0.741
Gutie 83 0.699
Montero 64 0.663
Ackley 81 0.644
Thames† 39 0.636
Ryan 56 0.382
If a team is good by being strong up the middle, the only real strength the Mariners had in the middle has been John Jaso. But in September he has not got to play much with Olivo getting almost as many plate appearances as Jaso.
Ryan, Ackley and Gutie are so bad offensively that in order to play that group of strong defenders, then one of them has to carry the other two. The hypothesis is that Ackley is your man. I am not seeing it, Gutie has faded into the background. Ryan is terrible and Ackley is a little better.