Monday, October 03, 2005

2005 Report Card - The Hitters

Here is the first of three installments of my 2005 Report Card for your Seattle Mariners (69-93). Today, we will discuss the hitters. Later this week, we will discuss the pitchers and the defense.

The Hitters

Although there were some individual bright spots, the hitters get a D for overall performance. Let's compare this year's offense to the pathetic 2004 team:

  • 2004 - .270/.331/.396 698 Runs, 136 HR, 658 RBI
  • 2005 - .259/.323/.391 699 Runs, 130 HR, 657 RBI

I'd call that a wash. Although some individuals performed at a much higher level, the team as a whole did not improve. Some individual performances that I would like to highlight:

  • Ichiro! .303/.354/.436 111 Runs, 206 Hits, 15 HR, 68 RBI, 33 SB
  • Ibanez .280/.355/.436 92 Runs, 172 Hits, 20 HR, 89 RBI
  • Sexson .263/.369/.541 99 Runs, 147 Hits, 39 HR, 121 RBI
  • Beltre .255/.303/.413 69 Runs, 154 Hits, 19 HR, 87 RBI
  • Reed .254/.322/.352 61 Runs, 124 Hits, 3 HR, 45 RBI

To me, Ichiro!, Ibanez, and Sexson all exceeded my expectations, and all get A's for their efforts. It's a bit tougher to call it on Beltre, but in the final analysis he gets a C. His 2005 numbers are certainly better than anything the M's threw out there at 3rd base in 2004 - but also a disappointment after his monster stats in 2004. I would hope that Beltre can do better in 2006. Jeremy Reed gets a D - he wasn't anywhere close to his 2004 performance this year. He is definitely going to need to do better in 2006.

I'll make some general comments about the rest of the offense (don't want to get too specific with the guys that didn't have at least 300 AB). I think Lopez, Betancourt, and Morse (assuming that he is still around in 2006) will all get better with more AB under their belts. Greg Dobbs got hot in September - I'll be interested to see if he can repeat in 2006. The offensive contribution from the catchers was negligible. And the bench, for the most part, was a non-factor.

It's clear that another offensive upgrade is in order. Bavasi mentioned the left handed power bat as a priority. I'm not sure that the addition of a single bat is going to fix this offense. But adding a quality left handed power hitter would be a step in the right direction.

Edit: Of the guys with less than 300 AB, here are a few details:

Bloomquist .257/.289/.333 27 Runs, 64 Hits, 0 HR, 22 RBI, 14 SB (1 CS)
Morse .282/.353/.374 27 Runs, 64 Hits, 3 HR, 23 RBI
Betancourt .256/.297/.372 23 Runs, 53 Hits, 1 HR, 15 RBI
Lopez .246/.281/.380 18 Runs, 46 Hits, 2 HR, 25 RBI

Next: The Pitchers

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