Richie Sexson: To the Mariners Again? I Hope So
First of all Mariner fans, don't shoot me. I never liked Richie Sexson either but he has one amazing upside, left-handed pitchers.
The Mariners could start Richie Sexson against left-handed pitchers who he absolutely dominated against last season and his entire career. He has a .344 batting average against south paws while on the Mariners and he pulled together a .623 slugging percentage.
Against righties, the Mariners have two options, Russell Branyan and Bryan Lahair. Lahair hit .281 and a .395 slugging percentage against right-handed pitchers. As for Branyan, he batted .280 and an astounding .653 slugging percentage against the righties.
Here are some of the best players slugging percentages:
Albert Pujols .653
Ryan Ludwick .591
Chipper Jones .574
Alex Rodriguez .573
Carlos Quentin .571
Those are the top slugging percentages in the league. Average .623 and .653 and you get .638, which is almost the best in the majors for what the Mariners could get for under $3 million combined.
As for average, .280 and .344 and you gets you .312. A .312 batting average and a .638 slugging percentage was met by only one player this season, the NL MVP Albert Pujols.
Also, at home, Russell Branyan's batting average is .299. Richie Sexson's was .308 in New York at home.
Sure that would be another man on the 25-man squad but it would be worth it. Forget going after Prince Fielder who's going to demand a mega contract and plenty of prospects to acquire. Get Richie Sexson.
Don't you see Mike? It would be a wonderful situation to be in.
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