A Paragraph With The Mariners – 148

I probably could have put this tidbit in the previous post, but something somewhat historic happened last night.  Somewhat because it’s only relating to team history.  Somewhat because it’s the second time it’s happened and not the first.  But hey, having two guys with 40+ stolen bases is still pretty cool I guess.  Ichiro (41) and Figgins (40) are the first Mariners duo since Phil Bradley and Harold Reynolds back in 1987 to do it.  God, if only our lineup wasn’t a huge black hole from the 3rd through 9th in the order … maybe all those stolen bases would translate into actual runs (Ichiro has 67, Figgins has 56; and yes, they are 1 and 2 in that order as well).  Want to know how bad the Mariners have been the last two years?  Ichiro always averaged over 100 runs scored from 2001 through 2008 (and some of those teams were AWFUL).  Last year, he only had 88 and I’d be shocked if he approached that this year.  Look, the theory was sound; putting Ichiro and Figgins at the top of the order to jumpstart our run game was fine in theory.  In practice, when you don’t have anyone who can hit them in; when Jose Lopez is your regular cleanup hitter; when the bulk of your hitters are closer to Mendoza than they are to .300 … your theory looks flawed.  It’s not flawed.  Ichiro and Figgins are solid.  Everyone else …

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