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Good news for the Mariners' lineup: pitchers get to bat soon

May 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

Mariners logo.gifThe commencement of interleague play means that help is on the way to the Mariners’ anemic lineup:

As a senior at Long Beach State, [Jason] Vargas served as the Dirtbags’ usual
designated hitter, finishing with a .354 batting average, 14 doubles
and five homers. Furthermore, the former Marlins and Mets pitcher didn’t
embarrass himself when he was required to bat for himself during his
three years in the National League.

During his big-league career,
Vargas – 14-for-48, with three doubles and two walks – is a .292 hitter
with a .320 on-base percentage and a .354 slugging percentage. Those
numbers are a significant improvement over, say, the .221/.248/.279 Jose
Lopez took into the Mariners’ game Tuesday at Oakland.

The notion that Mariners’ pitchers will represent an improvement in the lineup would be hilarious if it weren’t true.

Oh, and this report comes from John McGrath of the Tacoma News-Tribune, which is the same paper who kicked off the Sleeping Griffey fiasco.  I have no reason to believe that they were out to get Griffey with that stuff, but you get the sense that they’re having quite a bit of fun twisting the knife with this latest bit.

  1. Ron - May 19, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Can he play SS? He’s better than what the Royals are trotting out there everyday. Offensively, as well as defensively.

  2. jwb - May 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Seattle DHs: .193/.253/.273 Ouch.

  3. No - May 19, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    “The notion that Mariners’ pitchers will represent an improvement in the lineup would be hilarious if it weren’t true.”
    It’s not true. 44 at bats and some history in college does not make Jason Vargas a better hitter than Jose Lopez.

  4. KR - May 19, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Hilarious article. At least since I’m not a Mariners fan.
    (Of course the pitchers could bat if the team wanted them to already; nothing forces them to use the DH. I know, don’t explain the joke.)

  5. d - May 19, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    No must be a loyal reader of USSMariner – cause a joke he can’t take.

  6. Son of Shane Mack - May 19, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    There was a similar situation in Minnesota a few years back.
    There was a time when Jason Tyner, Mike Redmond, and Jeff Cirillo did a fair amount of time at DH. Yikes. I’m going to forget about that now.
    One of the radio commentators said that when Santana was pitching he should be batting 7th not 9th.
    Seattle, I feel your pain. b

  7. Son of Shane Mack - May 19, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    There was a similar situation in Minnesota a few years back.
    There was a time when Jason Tyner, Mike Redmond, and Jeff Cirillo did a fair amount of time at DH. Yikes. I’m going to forget about that now.
    One of the radio commentators said that when Santana was pitching he should be batting 7th not 9th.
    Seattle, I feel your pain.

  8. Son of Shane Mack - May 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    There was a similar situation in Minnesota a few years back.
    There was a time when Jason Tyner, Mike Redmond, and Jeff Cirillo did a fair amount of time at DH. Yikes. I’m going to forget about that now.
    One of the radio commentators said that when Santana was pitching he should be batting 7th not 9th.
    Seattle, I feel your pain.

  9. Clemente - May 19, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    I think we are at great-grandson of Shane now.

  10. Dillon - Jun 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Thats funny Clemente
    And yeah, honestly I agree, our DH’s are doing notoriously bad. Like the pitchers only need to go 2/10 for an improvement over DH’s

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