Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
Jul 5, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners infielder Brad Miller (5) turns a double play over the top of Oakland Athletics outfielder Billy Burns (1) in the sixth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Mariners defeated the Athletics 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Stock Up: Brad Miller
Crazy legs is just as crazy at the plate, but this past week he has been one of the better hitters for the M’s. Brad Miller has been impressive this past week, going 6-for-18 (.333) with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs.
Brad Miller frustrates M’s fans and myself beyond belief, because he has weeks like this where you can truly see greatness. He has always been the athlete, as his speed and arm strength is evident. And at the dish he showcases some major hitting ability some weeks, where he can not only hit for average, but also provide some serious power in the lineup and be a 20 home run guy. But, he also provides weeks where you chalk him up as an automatic out and he makes you want to punch a wall.
If Brad Miller can keep it up and hit consistently like he is this week, then this M’s lineup is much more dangerous. He turns the lineup over, getting it back to the top of the order, and can turn a broken inning into a run on the board with one swing of the bat. He also has the ability to swipe bags, something that not many people in this lineup can do, and something I would like to see him try and do more. I’m not about to go on record saying that Brad Miller has fully figured it out, but I am incredibly encouraged with what I have seen in the past week.
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