Mariners Bold Prediction #2 for May: Jesse Winker goes on a tear
This is the one that I really want to see happen. Jesse Winker destroyed right-handed pitching last year. No, it’s not an exaggeration. In 367 PA, he had a slash line of .346/.428/.642 with 21 HR. So far in 2022, his slash line is .196/.340/.237.
Something is going to change, and I think it’s going to be loud and fast. Winker has yet to hit a HR for the Mariners, which I don’t think any but the most pessimistic of fans would have predicted. (if you guessed it, you don’t know baseball, you’re just a whiny brat)
Winker is going to have a nasty May. 7 HR, a .365 BA against RHP, and he is going to make fans all of Washington let out massive sighs of relief as they remember just how good he is, and assuage all worries about the Mariners losing the trade with the Reds from earlier this offseason.
Also, I think the rotation in the outfield keeps him healthier, which helps translate into big numbers. He’s been walking a ton, so we know that he is seeing the ball well. There were some real loud outs earlier this season. It starts in Houston, where he goes yard not once, but twice against the chea… Astros.