Mariners Weekly Rundown: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not
Sep 15, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Franklin Gutierrez (30) hits an RBI-single against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Franklin Gutierrez – Hot
Guti was only given limited opportunities this week, but he made the most of every chance he got. Franklin Gutierrez went 4 for 10 this week with 3 home runs and 4 RBI. He struck out 4 times and walked once this week. Gutierrez’s .500 on base percentage and 1.300 slugging percentage were both tops on the team.
In a season filled with disappointment, Franklin Gutierrez’s resurrection has been one of the few encouraging storylines. The 32-year-old is hitting .315 with 15 home runs and 35 RBI since his call-up in late June. Guti posted a .369 on base percentage and slugged .692 across 50 games this season.
Gutierrez is another player whose future with the M’s is anything but certain. His contract expires next month, and is set to hit the open market. Guti will draw interest from a number of clubs, but his home is here in Seattle. I think he would be a perfect platoon partner for Seth Smith in left field next season.
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