Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
May 2, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Rickie Weeks (25) bats during the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Stock Falling – Rickie Weeks
Man oh man has this experiment been a failure so far. The Mariners were hoping that they were getting a veteran right handed bat that could supply some pop, and someone that they could move to the outfield and earn some playing time. Well, it hasn’t worked out one bit.
In the last seven days Rickie Weeks is 1-10 with five strikeouts. Sometimes you go through slumps, it’s baseball and the game is hard so it’s going to happen, but you have to find a way to at least make productive outs. Striking out half the time you walk up to the plate is the opposite of making productive outs, as he isn’t making the pitcher work, nor is he advancing runners. Even worse, he backs up his performances at the plate by dropping a fly ball in the May 14th loss to Boston that ends up plating the winning run for Boston. This comes a couple plays after he took a terrible route to get to the ball off the bat of Brock Holt that resulted in a double. So, not only is Rickie Weeks not hitting a lick, but he also hasn’t adjusted one bit from his move from second base to the outfield.
I don’t like rushing to conclusions because baseball is a long season, and the ultimate test of endurance, but I think it is time to call it quits on the Rickie Weeks experiment. (Stick around to see my proposed idea on how to end this saga)
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