A .212 Average is an ugly statistic. That is the Seattle Mariners Average with Runners in Scoring Position in 2015. If you take out Nelson Cruz’s .327 average with RISP, no hitter is over .250. How can a team expect to win ball games when they simply cannot knock runners in. Saturday was another classic example, in the 7th inning Seattle had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 0 outs. They stranded those runners, which, mixed with an inexperienced closer, led to a walk-off win for the Twins, to the disgust of all Mariners fans.
My fix for this problem? Jesus Montero. Montero lost weight over the offseason, and did what he is being paid to do. Play good baseball. At AAA Tacoma over this year, Montero has hit .346 with 75 RBI’s and 16 Home runs. Those are good stats at any level, and he has earned a deserved recall to The Show. Since being called up with only 18 at bats, Montero has still hit an impressive .389 with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s. Current 1st baseman Logan Morrison just hasn’t cut it this year for the Mariners. Very little spotlight has been heaved upon him. He is currently hitting .223 with 12 homeruns and 36 RBI’s. Last Season’s final months are over for Logan. We are in August now.
Hopefully Montero is continually given chances over the next week, as Lloyd McClendon is forced to change something in a year that hasn’t lived up to any expectations. If Montero can knock in runs and especially get on base, he can provide so much for his teammates around him and ultimately the whole organisation. Seattle needs a spark, and with an easy August approaching, maybe now as Lloyd would say, they can “get this thing going.”