Ichiro is heating up right now and he could very well put the Mariners back into contention if he keeps it up.
Yesterday against the Angels, Ichiro went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and a single.
Stats as of May 31, 2009. Courtesy of FanGraphs.
Some people have criticized Ichiro for swinging at too many pitches. They do so with this evidence: Ichiro's O-swing percentage is at 32.2 percent, the highest it has ever been in his career.
With all this considered, Ichiro is having an above-average year by his standards. He is seeing the ball better and making contact at an unprecedented rate in his career. Despite walking a lot less, he is still getting on base efficiently. Lastly, despite missing the first eight games of the season, it is a strong possibility Ichiro will reach his usual 200 hits this season.
Now would be the time for Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik to sell Ichiro and try to restock the farm system. Any team serious about contending will benefit enormously from Ichiro's bat and glove.
O-swing percentage—Percentage of pitches a batter swings at outside the strike zone
Z-swing percentage—Percentage of pitches a batter swings at inside the strike zone
Swing percentage—Total percentage of pitches a batter swings at
O-contact—Percentage of times a batter makes contact with the ball when swinging at pitches thrown outside the strike zone
Z-Contact percentage—Percentage of times a batter makes contact with the ball when swinging at pitches thrown inside the strike zone
Contact percentage—Total percentage of contact made when swinging at all pitches