All throughout 2021, I was a big advocate for Ty France as one of the best hitters in all of baseball. My reasoning was, that if he wouldn’t have gotten hit in the arm and had that awful 2-45 stretch or whatever it was, he would’ve been a .320 hitter.
As we sit here, 13 games or so into the 2022 season, Ty France is hitting well once again. You know, just as he has always done. Through 49 ABs, he has a strikeout rate of just 12.1%, a BB rate of 10.3%. He’s also hitting .327 so far on the year.
Ty France is going to win the 2022 American League batting title
I honestly believe that France is just going to keep hitting like this all year. He might even heat up a tiny bit once the weather gets warmer and push .350 for a bit.
There are going to be downswings, but he is just a fantastic hitter. He also has something else going for him this year for the first time in his career, and I think it’s a really important fact. The Mariners have solid hitters all throughout their lineup, and it’s the first time that they have had that in quite a long time.
It makes it harder to focus on just a few guys in the lineup that can do damage. When you have a lineup of Frazier, France, Haniger, Winker, Crawford, and Suarez to start a game, it takes a lot out of a pitcher. France is benefitting from that, and Mariners fans are reaping the benefits.
Last year, Yuli Gurriel hit .319 to lead the American League. Trea Turner hit .328 to lead all of baseball. I believe that France can sit right in that area, and put up an average in the 320 range.
So, I’m going for it. Ty France isn’t just going to lead the American League in hitting, he is going to lead all of baseball. Come to the end of 2022, Ty France is going to have a .332 batting average, leading baseball and leading the Mariners to a 95-67 record, an AL West title, and finally… FINALLY, a spot in the playoffs. Go Mariners!