Seattle Mariners Need More from Michael Saunders and Others
Michael Morse is off to one of the best starts in all of Major League Baseball in 2013. The Seattle Mariners slugger has five homers and eight RBI but the Mariners only have a 3-4 record to show for his efforts. It is a familiar problem that pops up for sluggers everywhere. They can’t come up with the bases empty and figure out a way to hit a five-run homer. They can’t do it all by themselves and the same is true of Morse, no matter how great his season is.
So far the pitching has been okay. They have run into good teams so far that have played them tough including a Chicago White Sox team that outdueled Felix Hernandez. To be sure there have been games they could have won if a ball or two had dropped their way or had not gone down for the other team. Still, all of that can be cured if a few guys get on base in front of Morse. It would be great if the other home-run hitters on the team would begin to hit some as well.
Other than that the lead-off combo of Michael Saunders and Franklin Gutierrez is only about halfway as good as it could be. Saunders isn’t exactly off to a wonderful start. He needs to find more ways to get on base whether he is the lead-off hitter or the second place hitter. Both spots are needed to help Morse help the team win more games. The Pitching has been fairly solid and should hold its own if they can score some more runs. All they have to do with a slugger the caliber of Morse is get some guys on base. Whether with a double or a homer, he will take care of the rest.
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