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Mariners cleanup hitters are batting .190 with four homers

Jul 18, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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Needless to say, they’re not going to fare very well on the following list.

Let’s take a look at each team’s OPS out of the cleanup spot this season.  Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are leading the way.

1. Brewers – .984
2. Tigers – .983
3. Cardinals – .970
4. Dodgers – .969
5. Red Sox – .929
6. Marlins – .919
7. Braves – .895
8. White Sox – .892
9. Yankees – .818
10. Phillies – .816
11. Rockies – .814
12. Diamondbacks – .784
13. Mets – .777
14. Blue Jays – .768
15. Rangers – .761
16. Cubs – .758
17. Indians – .755
18. Angels – .750
19. Twins – .745
20. Astros – .730
21. Royals – .721
22. Pirates – .710
23. Orioles – .697
24. Nationals – .696
25. Giants – .686
26. Reds – .678
27. Rays – .666
28. Athletics – .663
29. Padres – .624
30. Mariners – .549

Mariners cleanup hitters have an OPS worse than Diamondbacks No. 9 hitters and 130 points worse than Seattle’s own No. 9 hitters.

The bulk of Seattle’s cleanup at-bats have gone to Jack Cust and Miguel Olivo. As disappointing as Cust has been, he’s actually been a huge improvement on the rest of the dreck:

Cust – .643 OPS in 159 PA
Olivo – .499 OPS in 131 PA
Justin Smoak – .477 OPS in 70 PA
Adam Kennedy – .469 OPS in 34 PA

Olivo, of course, leads the way in worst performance by a cleanup hitter this year. Here’s the worst, with a minimum of 100 plate appearances:

1. Olivo – .499 OPS in 131 PA
2. Scott Rolen – .553 OPS in 143 PA
3. Hideki Matsui – .576 OPS in 157 PA
4. Ryan Ludwick – .578 OPS in 192 PA
5. Adam LaRoche – .595 OPS in 132 PA
6. Evan Lonforia – .640 OPS in 131 PA
7. Justin Morneau – .642 OPS in 158 PA
8. Cust – .643 OPS in 159 PA
9. Jeff Francoeur – .664 OPS in 152 PA
10. Carlos Pena – .670 OPS in 104 PA

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Injuries have played a roll in those numbers. For example, Morneau has been hurting all year and Toronto’s number would have been higher if Lind had been healthy all year.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    I see that Craig’s boy Francoeur is on that list- I wonder how he feels about that? Looks like Justin Smoak is really working out for them- the Rangers probably laughed all the way to the bank on that one.

  3. quintjs - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    “Mariners cleanup hitters have an OPS … 130 points worse than Seattle’s own No. 9 hitters.”

    That line just made my day.. Mariners cleanup hitters are worse than the worst hitters on their own team, and it isn’t even close.

    Basically, Wedge would be better putting the batting lineup together by pulling names out of a hat.

  4. Old Gator - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    There was a funny anecdote about the fearless crew of the Minnow on the Feesh broadcast tonight. Seems one of the Minnow’s announcers knows Tommy Hutton pretty well and called in to remark that the Crew is hitting so badly that they can use the same baseballs for several days in a row. Ouch, that’s like sticking yourself with a lionfish dorsal fin.

  5. wlschneider09 - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Shoulda signed Adam Dunn….

  6. pisano - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Contact the Yankees, I’m sure they’ll trade Andruw Jones, and Posada for King Felix. Oh that’s right the Mariners are looking for someone that can hit. My bad.

    • marinersnate - Jul 19, 2011 at 1:27 AM

      And the Yankees are looking for starting pitchers that they can’t have. My bad.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 19, 2011 at 2:43 PM

        Hey at least you get to have ichiro again next season for a cool “20MIL”, he’s killing the ball this year, LOL

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