The Mariners Big Three Is Starting To Heat Up
By Adam Levi
The main source of the Mariners offense that would usually come from Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano, and Nelson Cruz just hasn’t been there early on this year. However, over the past few games, M’s fans have seen their star begin to return to form which might just mean that more wins are just on the horizon.
Through the first six games of the 2017 season, Seager, Cano, and Cruz were batting .150, .091, and .208. Since, each of them have seen an uptick in their averages. Seager is hitting .230 in the last four games, Cano .312, and Cruz also .312.
Overall they are hitting .212, .250, .184.
That brings us to last night’s Twitter poll: How many hits will Cano, Cruz, and Seager have? Now, there was no game last night, so the votes were split between the four options, but leaning towards 0-2.
And, when you look at the majority of the games they’ve played so far, the three most reliable Mariners hitters only combined for more than two hits in three games. The most they combined for was six against the Houston Astros on Monday. It happened to be one of the two games they won.
No need to fret, though. In 2016, Seager, Cruz, and Cano batted .132, .214, and .256 respectively through the first 10 games. They may have had five games in which they combined for two or more hits in the game, but what matters is the average; that and the power numbers.
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When it comes to the pop these big bats have provided there is quite the gap. This season the entire club has hit seven home runs and the power trio has only bashed one of those -a Cano homer a few days back.
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Last season, the trio had seven home runs on their own by this point in the season. If they would have as many home runs this season as they did last year, plus the rest of the squad’s dingers, they would have the 5th-most homers in the league and the 2nd-most in the AL.
Instead, they sit with the 5th-worst homers in the league and 3rd-worst in the AL.
By the end of the year, Seager was batting .278, Cruz batted .287, and Cano finished the year hitting .298.
If you go back to the first year these three were together in 2015, you see that Seager and Cano were slow to lift their average. Seager hit .211 through 10 games and Cano .214, while Cruz was hitting .342. They had more than two hits in six games.
When it comes to their power numbers that year, they had nine home runs between them although six came off the bat from Cruz.
At the end of the season two years ago, Seager was hitting .266, Cruz .302, and Cano .287.
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So, the point I’m trying to is that the pattern says that things will pick up for the Mariners top hitters. Things aren’t good right now, not just for these three but for most of the 25-man roster, but things have changed in the past. Expect them to adjust in 2017.