Offensive

The Mariners beat the Padres 4-0 last night behind rookie Michael Pineda (now 6-2, 2.16, 61/14 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 IP with a WHIP of 0.94), who obviously needs to dominate behind this lineup:

Ichiro rf
Figgins 3b (.212/.251/.291 in 165 AB, with a 7/5 SB/CS ratio)
Smoak 1b
Olivo c (.208/.277/.300 in 130 AB)
F. Gutierrez cf (1 hit in 12 AB after missing two months with IBS)
Brendan Ryan ss
Mike Wilson lf
Jack Wilson 2b

What’s scary is, Seattle (21-24) is only 1.5 games behind Texas (23-23) for first in the AL West.

What’s scarier is, Olivo may have been the worst cleanup hitter in baseball last night, but it’s close:

Brad Hawpe, SD .232/.297/.336 in 125 AB
Torii Hunter LAA .255/.310/.326 in 178 AB
Jason Bay NYM .222/.314/.333 in 90 AB
Aaron Hill TOR .250/.287/.330 (batting behind Jose Bautista, he of the .364/.509/.841 with 18 HR and 38 BB in 132 AB)
Evan Longoria (!) TB .211/.325/.394 in 71 AB (Phillies fans, time to begin the Eva chant)
Carlos Lee HOU .244/.271/.387 with 6 BB in 168 AB

What’s scariest for Phillies fans is (small sample size alert), Olivo’s OPS+ of 69 is still better than that of Wilson Valdez (52), Pete Orr (60), Brian Schneider (48), Michael Martinez (21), and Dane Sardinha (45), and not much worse than Ross Gload (73), even before you factor in the defensive value of Olivo at catcher– and at the moment (small sample size alert II), he’s not much worse than Carlos Ruiz (.217/.320/.325, OPS+ of 78). (The only Phils with an OPS+ above 100 are Victorino, Polanco, Howard, and Mayberry. Rollins and Francisco aren’t that far behind.)

It could be worse, though. Check out the bottom of the Dodgers’ order vs. the White Sox last night:

Barajas c .222/.262/.407 with a BB/K ratio of 5/38– and 3 of the 5 walks are intentional!
Jerry Sands rf .205/.302/.349 in 83 AB
Loney 1b .232/.272/.280 with 1 HR in 168 AB, OPS+ of 57 (just for comparison, Mark Grace, age 39 with Arizona: .200/.279/.304 with 3 HR in 155 AB, OPS+ of 48– effectively, Loney is Mark Grace the year before he retired)
Gibbons rf .185/.281/.222 in only 27 AB– would you rather have Tony Gwynn, Jr? (.208/.250/.306 in 72 AB)
Russell Mitchell 3b 2 hits in 20 AB– one of them was a homer, though!

Maybe it isn’t quite 1968. On the other hand, I did pick the Tigers.

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