Seattle Mariners Go Big, Need More as Deadline Nears
The Mariners Problem on Offense
The reason why I talked so much about our prospect depth currently, is because Jerry Dipoto has to go to battle, and give this team some offensive reinforcements. Julio Rodriguez and Dylan Moore are on the IL, and France is gonna miss some time. Although France is not currently on the IL, his health concerns me most. He has not been the same since the July fourth injury. The few days he’s been healthy, he’s been the all-star and franchise bat Seattle needs.. As long as Seattle is within a game of a playoff spot, I’d strongly consider resting him.
A statement was made this week by Jerry Dipoto stating he believes the offense is pretty set, considering Kyle Lewis and Mitch Haniger are almost back. I can’t disagree more. This offense is hanging by a thread right now, injuries have weakened your best hitters, but it is the recent additions that are most worrisome when looking at Dipoto’s comments. Jesse Winker, Adam Frazier, Eugenio Suarez, and Carlos Santana were all brought in here to help, and they’ve all had their moments. Unfortunately, after 100 games, all but Suarez are below average hitters this season.
You have to start thinking about not just making the playoffs, but how you’re going to get past a Toronto, Minnesota, or Tampa Bay type of team in the wild card series. Last year the Atlanta Braves lost their best player in Ronald Acuna Jr. Their GM responded by acquiring multiple outfielders, hoping one would get hot enough for the Braves to get back to the playoffs. Instead, all the acquisitions got hot and the rest is history. Dipoto needs to do the same.