For the first month or so of the season for the Seattle Mariners, Ty France was crushing the ball. He had reached a high point of .325 batting average after 23 games, and the prediction made by Schoenfield that Ty France might lead the American League in batting average was starting to look like a real storyline that we could follow throughout the summer.
Unfortunately, France was hit in the forearm soon after and went into an awful 2-41 slump. It’s not something you would wish on anyone, and it dropped his average down to .229. They finally placed him on the injured list, knowing that they needed Ty France to get healthy. It helped the team on a few fronts, at least in the future. It would shore up the lineup, and a healthy France makes everyone better.
After the team reached an incredibly embarrassing batting average of .197, Ty France was inserted back into the lineup, and things have slowly been getting better. It’s not great, but they are up to .203, having raised their average a bit over the last 10 days.
Ty France is back, and Mariners fans couldn’t be happier.
Since he came back, France has hit 7-20 with two walks, providing that punch to the middle of the lineup that we sorely needed. Haniger has been hitting well also and leads the team with a .266 average. With Kyle Lewis heating up, the hope is that the success of the three that I have mentioned already will start to spread to the remainder of the lineup.
Don’t be too surprised if it happens. Seeing those around you succeed makes you more confident, because who doesn’t want to join in on the hit party. Taking a look at how France has done at the stops he has made along his career, we should expect the hot-hitting to continue. He hit over .300 for both the Padres and the Mariners last year, while doing it at multiple stops throughout his minor league career, including an insane .399 average with 27 2B and 27 HR in El Paso in 2019.
Ty France is back, the Mariners have been winning a few games lately, and Marco is set to come back in a few days. Things may not be great for us Mariners fans, but they sure are looking a lot better.