When you suck for nearly two decades, many players tend to be pretty damn good against you.
Therefore, when we named five active hitters who dominate the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, we were only scratching the surface. Even with the names we’ll look at in today’s article, there are plenty other players who have, unfortunately for Seattle, sustained success against the M’s throughout the course of their career.
The players on this list must have accumulated at least 100 plate appearances versus the Mariners.
While the career of Miguel Sano has been up and down thus far, the 27-year-old Dominican-born slugger has ripped the Mariners apart in his 113 plate appearances against the team. Sano is one of four active hitters that fit our search criteria to hold an OPS north of 1.000 at 1.066.
On a slash line of .292/.389/.677, Sano has clubbed nine home runs and 18 RBIs with a wRC+ of 177 against Seattle, the third-highest wRC+ mark of all qualified active MLB hitters.
Sano’s teammate, Marwin Gonzalez, has done most of his damage against the Mariners while facing them 19 times a year with the Houston Astros. Gonzalez isn’t a household name like some of the other players to have tortured the M’s in recent memory, but he’s certainly been one of the biggest thorns in their side.
In 343 plate appearances, Gonzalez .326/.365/.581 with a 160 wRC+. Not really known as a power hitter, Gonzalez has slugged 19 of his 91 career home runs versus the Mariners. Oof.
Yan Gomes barely snuck into qualification on this list with 103 plate appearances against the Mariners. In those PAs, coming mostly as a member of the Cleveland Indians, Gomes torched the Mariners to the tune of a 159 wRC+. Additionally, Gomes has hit 10 dingers and driven in 20 runs when playing Seattle.
Thankfully, Gomes’ bat has been inconsistent over the past few seasons. He also has a new home in the National League as a member of the Washington Nationals, where he recently won a championship, so the Mariners won’t have to face him again anytime soon.
Like Gomes, Avisail Garcia barely snuck his way onto this list. In 105 plate appearances, however, Garcia has haunted the Mariners with seven home runs, 20 RBIs, and an OPS of .964 during his time with the Rays and White Sox.
Luckily, Garcia is finally out of the American League, heading over to the Milwaukee Brewers this past offseason. But the 28-year-old hitter certainly left his mark on the Mariners.
Good lord, is Kole Calhoun annoying or what? All it seems this guy ever does is hurt the Mariners at the most inopportune times. The Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish coined the nickname “Ginger Popeye” for Calhoun, a very non-threatening, yet perfectly fitting, moniker for someone who slugged 24 home runs and drove in 54 runs while hitting in the same lineup as Mike Trout.
The good news? Calhoun’s finally out of the American League West and off to play for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I think I speak for every Mariners fan in saying, good effin’ riddance.
As I said, there are even more hitters out in the league that have had great success against the Mariners. If you want to find out who, let us know, or comment below with a player you’re surprised to not see mentioned yet.