Mariners Analysis

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Yet another loss to the Rangers

As the Rangers take another game from the M's, 6-3...

For those that didn't watch, the game was similar to Monday. Ryan took a 2-1 lead into the 6th and a big inning pretty much decided the game.

The biggest reason we lost yet again?

We have what must be the worst 3-5 hitters in baseball. Boone has become an automatic out, and is at best surrounded by singles hitters. How many times do we see the lead off runner get on base and never come around to score. With a good team, you get excited when the leadoff man is on. With the M's, you know he's at times 3 singles away from coming home.

I've said it multiple times before, but Ichiro does not belong in the 3-hole. It would be an interesting experiment if Ichiro was trying to increase his power at the expense of batting average, but that is not the case. Why can't Ichiro hit doubles any more?

Don't know. But I do know he doesn't belong in the heart of the lineup if he is bunting or slapping singles with guys on base. Rip the band-aid off, and fix the problem!

Why do the M's refuse to play minor league players that could help them right now? I'd like a chance to ask Bavasi and Lincoln point-blank why they won't utilize properly players in the farm system.

Want yet another reason I don't think we have the proper management of this club?

Give Ichiro a day off once in a while!!!

Has this club not seen Ichiro fade the past two years? Is this club destined to make the same mistakes over and over? We hear that due to Ibanez' injury, the club just can't figure out how to get Ichiro out of the game.

Get creative Melvin! (I'd offer suggestions, but it's not like he's listening right now anyway.)

I wonder how many losses it will take before the M's stop talking about reloading for the stretch run?