Seattle Mariners July Lineup Grades

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Seattle Mariners July Lineup Grades
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Ichiro—A

Ichiro had yet another great month in July, racking up 39 more hits and hitting .336 in 27 games. The flashes of power he was showing earlier in the year completely disappeared this month, not hitting a single home run, but he continued to make up for his lack of power by getting on base and scoring runs.

He scored 19 runs on the month, stole five bases, and posted an OPS of .762. Still no signs whatsoever of slowing down.

 

Russell Branyan—D

Russell "The Muscle" had a rough month in July, mainly due to his BABIP severely regressing. His power numbers were there, as he hit five home runs and drove in 15, but he hit .159 in the month with a .262 OBP and a pedestrian .637 OPS. He’ll keep hitting homers, but his average is probably still due for more regression.

 

Jose LopezB+

Loafie had a great month of July, doing just about everything well, aside from drawing walks. He only drew three all month, but he still posted a decent on base percentage of .327.

More importantly though, he hit for some power, and 15 or his 32 hits on the month were extra base hits. If he continues at this rate, he should be able to surpass the 20 home run mark for the first time in his career.

 

Ronny Cedeno—F

Ronny was having a really bad month before he was traded. He didn’t get on base, and he hardly hit for any power. He hit for a .198 batting average, a .207 on base percentage, he walked once, and struck out 18 times.

 

Jack Hannahan—C+

Hannahan had an arduous task of filling in for Adrian Beltre, but in the 17 games he played he did a pretty decent job of it. When you watch him hit, it’s tough to believe that he has a track record of being an awful hitter at the major league level.

In his time with the Mariners, he’s hit .240 and posted a .704 OPS. He hasn’t been an offensive force by any means, but he’s done a nice job for someone we acquired primarily for defense.

 

Rob Johnson—B+

Rob Johnson is actually, amazingly, starting to look like a major league player. He hit .269 in July, with a .387 on base percentage and an .810 OPS. His K:BB ratio was 10:10, and he had six extra base hits. At this point, I’m fine with him getting the majority of the starts.

 

Kenji Johjima—D+

Wow, it’s hard for me to swallow, but Kenji Johjima was worse than Rob Johnson offensively in July. Kenji only had one extra base hit in the 11 games he played, walked only once as opposed to four strike outs, and had an OPS of .626.

He’s had his fair share of bad luck, but he still hasn’t hit nearly well enough to make a case for himself to take the starting role from Rob Johnson.

 

Franklin Gutierrez—A

Gutz had another great month in July, hitting .353 on the month and posting a Godly OPS of .943. Ok, not quite Godly, but still really really good for a center fielder than can play defense like he can.

He had 33 hits, only six fewer than Ichiro, and blasted five home runs, raising his season total to 12. He also had an on base percentage of .390, good enough for best on the team. He’s incredible.

 

Ryan Langerhans—C+

Langerhans got the majority of the starts in left field during July, and he made the most of it. He is by no means a great hitter, but despite his low average he posted a respectable OBP of .343, mainly because of the spectacular patience he shows.

 

Wladimir Balentien—N/A

He only played in eight games in July, but the one thing he continued to show was poor pitch recognition. He remained unable to get on base at any kind of a consistent level, and the flashes of power he showed were far too spread out. He seems like a nice kid, and hopefully he can find some success in Cincinnati.

 

Michael Saunders—N/A

He only has 25 major league at bats under his belt, so it’s impossible to make any real judgments this far, but he hasn’t done a whole lot yet. He has a 10:0 K:BB ratio, and all four of his hits have been singles (although he did have a home run stolen from him). Still really excited about him.

 

Ken Griffey Jr.—C-

Griffey’s production still was nowhere near what you’d hope to get from your DH, but he continued to draw walks in July, so that’s something.

He walked nine times in the month, compared to 10 strike outs. Despite the good K:BB ratio, his OBP was down to .316 for the month, and he posted a .644 OPS. He also only hit one home run all month.

 

Mike Sweeney—N/A

His sample size of eight games for the month is really way too small to judge, but I’ll just throw out some stats. In July, he went 3-for-24, with two of those hits being doubles, while walking three times and striking out five times.

It’s not quantifiable, but based on how likable he seems, I have to hope the improved clubhouse chemistry helps make up for the terrible hitting at least a little bit.

 

Chris Woodward—D-

We never really expected to be much of a hitter, and he wasn’t. In the 20 games he played in July, he hit .192 with a .444 OPS, and only one of his 10 hits was an extra base hit. I would not be surprised to see him be DFA’d in the very near future, with Beltre returning.

 

Overall—C+

The only player I left out was Jack Wilson, and he only played one game in July, so there you go.

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