Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

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Jun 28, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez (30) crosses the plate to score a run in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Stock Up: Franklin Gutierrez

I’ve been crying and pleading for this move to be made, and I was super excited that it finally happened, and Guti hasn’t disappointed. He started his first game after being called up, and went 1-for-3 with an RBI. In his second game, he went 1-for-3 with a run scored. The craziest part to me is that I feel like Lloyd McClendon and co aren’t even using him to his upmost potential.

So far, the M’s manager is using him as a platoon OF against left handed starting pitchers. Against righties, Lloyd is opting to go with Dustin Ackley. But a closer look at his numbers would suggest that it might be wise to give Guti a look against RHP as well. In the minor leagues, he was hitting a scorching .336 vs righties, compared to just .279 against lefties. This lineup looks so much more formidable and balanced with Guti in the lineup, giving you two gap to gap hitters at the top, for Cano, Cruz, Seager, and Trumbo to clean up. Dustin Ackley hasn’t proved that he is the answer in left field, and I think it’s time to give Guti the reins.

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