It was obvious by the offensive statistics last season that the Seattle Mariners needed to do something in the offseason. Seattle made the move to trade for Michael Morse who had played for the Mariners before in his career. Morse has come out for his “new” team with four home runs in the team’s first four games to help Seattle split a four-game series with the Oakland Athletics. Morse may prove to be the biggest addition to this Seattle team in 2013 and one that could easily make the Mariners a surprise team.
Morse hit 18 home runs with the Washington Nationals in 102 games after having 31 bombs during the 2011 season. Everyone knew that Morse was hot coming out of spring training since he hit nine home runs in 66 at-bats. I am shocked by the fact that Morse hit four home runs in Oakland’s ballpark, though, which has been a place where homers aren’t hit with regularity. Seattle heads to Chicago now to face the Chicago White Sox and a more inviting ballpark.
I don’t think anyone would be surprised if Morse hits another home run this weekend during that series. Morse appears to be a player with a chip on his shoulder this season and is crushing the ball in his quest to show Washington that they shouldn’t have traded him. Morse will likely finish with 30-35 home runs if he can stay healthy for the whole season, and that’s not a given. The fans in Seattle should enjoy this Morse power surge while it lasts. It could last all season for the powerful righty.