Mariners Analysis: Recapping the M’s Opening Series of the Year
You get a hit, you get a hit and you get a hit! – Oprah voice
M’s fans have been treated to some pretty snooze-worthy offensive attacks in recent years, but scoring runs was not an issue for the club this week in Texas. Seattle plated 21 runs in the 3-game set, 19 alone in the last two games. Collectively, they posted a .282 batting average with 9 home runs. Most impressive of all is the fact that the Mariners registered a .378 on base percentage, an aspect Dipoto worked hard on improving this offseason.
Obviously, it is still very early, but it’s nice to see so many players contributing at the plate. It’s great when the top of the lineup hits, but it’s dangerous when the bottom third is producing. That is exactly what happened this week. Players like Leonys Martin, Chris Iannetta and Luis Sardinas did an excellent job driving in runs and setting the table for the top of the lineup.
This lineup may not be the most powerful one in the baseball, but the Mariners can hit and should have little trouble scoring this season. It should be fun to watch if they can continue to get this type of production from the bottom of the lineup moving forward.
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