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

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Jul 10, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) celebrates with right fielder Mark Trumbo (35) after Trumbo hit a 2-run home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. The Angles won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Stock Up: Mark Trumbo

Well, I was incredibly skeptical of this trade, but Mark Trumbo has proven his possible worth over the past week. The veteran slugger has seemed to regain form, and the M’s lineup is much more potent when he is swinging it. Over the past seven days, Trumbo has gone 11-for-22 (.500 BA) with a double, two home runs, four RBI’s, and a couple walks as well. When he is hitting like he is capable of, Trumbo adds a bat in the middle of the order that can do some serious damage. Unfortunately, I don’t see him ever becoming be a guy who can get on base consistently, which I think is the M’s biggest problem.

Trumbo has raised his season average in the past week from .157 to .219, and you’re starting to see some of the raw power that he has. He’s currently stay on balls a tad bit longer, seeing them a little bit deeper, and muscling balls into the outfield. It’s a good sign, and hopefully he can keep it going once they resume from the All Star break. However, I’ll need to see him swing it well for a couple more weeks before I come anywhere close to deeming the trade a good one.

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