Ever since JP Crawford came to the Mariners, fans have been conflicted in their thoughts and feelingsabout the guy. Is he good enough to play shortstop regularly? Is he good enough to be the leadoff hitter? Is he good enough to hit at the top of the lineup?
Somehow, he has been one of the players that fans argue about the most. So far in 2023, he's been proving all the haters wrong. After finishing off the Angels, Crawford is slashing .263/.379/408, walking a ton while still putting a good bat on the ball. More impressively, he has an OPS+ of 123. Really, this has just been a long intro to let you know that JP is good, and he's been rewarded with his improved eye at the plate.
JP Crawford has tied the Mariners record for consecutive games with at walk at 10
I worked on this article a bit this weekend, but decided to wait and see if Crawford could earn a walk in the finale and set the record for the Mariners. After all, we just saw Eugenio Suarez break a Mariners record, so it was worth the wait to see if Crawford could do the same.
He was unable to get a walk in the finale, but he started off the game by dropping a bomb on the first pitch he saw, notching his career high 10th homer of the season. It was his only hit of the game, but it was massively important in the lowscoring game that saw the Mariners eek out a 3-2 victory.
Crawford tied the team record for consecutive games with a walk at 10, sitting atop the record books with Ken Griffey JR and Jay Buhner. Over that stretch, Crawford walked 13 times. What's even more impressive is that he still had 10 hits over that stretch. All year, he's proven to be an effective leadoff hitter for the Mariners, and has quietly been one of their best hitters. Taking pitches, working the count, and getting on base to set the table for the rest of the lineup.
It's a funky stat, and an odd record to hold the share of, but it's a great indicator of the type of player that Crawford is. He's turning into one of the leaders on the team, doing what needs to be done. Congrats to JP on tying those Mariners greats for most consecutive games with a walk.