Seattle Mariners State Of The Union For 2014 Part 2 – The Hitters:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
Follow MLB Reports On Twitter Follow @mlbreports
I wonder what was promised to Robinson Cano once he inked that 10 YR/$240 MIL, or he was just so ecstatic about the cash he failed to ask the question.
I am just kidding. You know I love ya Cano…and that I am a Yankees fan…and bought 20 sets of game tickets at Safeco this year – primarily because you are on the team.
Actually, the 2B stated a few weeks ago that he is not pleased with the state of the current squad. I can’t say I blame him.
While Morse left via trade near the deadline, the acquisitions don’t exactly give the M’s fans a chance to do the happy dance “Snoopy Style”.
All of these guys can hit if they are healthy, but I am thinking a call for the ‘meat wagon’ is more likely for these fellows.
All kidding aside, unless there is some serious internal improvements from within this lineup, this team is going to struggle to score runs.
Jack Z. and the brass could still pony up some hard cash – and bring back DH/1B Kendrys Morales, which at this point would be his best move to compete in 2014.
In the second half, this guy 3 slashed .304/.374/.435 in his 184 AB in the 2nd half and has done the role before. In 2012, he scored 84 Runs despite carrying an OBP of just .294.
Ackley looked the part in his 2011 campaign, slashing .273/.341/.417 – with 29 XBH in 333 AB. If he could somehow duplicate these type of numbers out of the 1 hole, then the club would be better off for it.
You can always switch off to Franklin or Almonte if Ackley starts off slow. He is the guy that was picked 2nd overall in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, and he has shown he can draw a walk.
There is nothing wrong with hitting 3 LHB in a row, when Seager and Cano are your last two guys.
The former Yankee is tearing up the Spring. Breaking free from the Bronx, this year will test the man’s resolve as a leader on the club.
Seager is one of the better young players in the entire game. He has also been the Mariner’s most potent bat
MY Projected Lineup:
LF: Dustin Ackley: .275/.345/.420 – 85 Runs Scored
3B: Kyle Seager: .265/.345/.455 – 60 XBH (24 HRs) and 85 RBI
2B: Robinson Cano .300/.400/.500 – 21 HRs 90 RBI
DH: Corey Hart: .255/.328/.460 – not sure about how many AB he receives. You can bank on the guy Striking out a ton. It will be a culture shock from playing at Safeco Field, after playing for years at Miller Park.
1B: Justin Smoak: .250/.340/.450 – 22 HRs, 71 RBI
SS: Nick Franklin or Brad Miller COMBO: .245/.310/.400 – 17 HRs 67 RBI
RF: Michael Saunders: .240/.325/.415 – 20 HRs, 21 SB
C: Mike Zunino: .245/.320/.400 – 18 HRs 55 RBI
CF: Abraham Almonte .247/.314/.385 – 10 HRs 45 RBI
UTIL: Willie Bloomquist
1B/OF/DH: Logan Morrison
C: John Buck
UTIL INF: Nick Franklin/Brad Miller
DL for the whole year:
*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com and their partners***
For all of the Rosters, Depth Charts, State of the Unions and Salaries Posts that we do, please visit our dedicated page link here.
If you want to listen to the 2014 MLB Preview Show for all predictions, we have it below.
Here is the 2 And A Hook Audio Podcast Presentation Play Button (Running time about 2 hours, Chuck – Booth enters 15 Minutes in, ARI/LAD opening series 15 minute mark. Predictions 16 minute – 112 minute mark.)
Please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and feedback. To subscribe to our website and have the Daily Reports sent directly to your inbox, click here and follow the link at the top of our homepage.
Like us on Facebook here
Posted on March 27, 2014, in MLB Teams State Of the Unions, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 25 man roster seattle mariners 2014, abraham almonte, AL West, brad miller, corey hart, Dustin Ackley, franklin gutierrez, Jack Zduriencik, john buck, john jaso, justin smoak, kendrys morales, kyle seager, Lloyd McClendon, logan morrison, Michael Saunders, Mike Morse, mike zunino, miller park, milwaukee brewers, new york yankees, Nick Franklin, raul ibanez, robinson cano, safeco field, seattle mariners, willie bloomquist. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.