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Feb. 18, 2012: The day the Mariners bats came alive

Feb 18, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

Mike Carp AP

Sure the Mariners finished last in the majors in runs scored in 2011 and 2010 (and last in the AL in 2009), but that’s no reason not to be optimistic in mid-February.

We’ll let Seattle Times beat writer Larry Stone take over from here:

Ichiro, Carp, and Smoak are putting on a show in their BP group. Lots of bombs.

Mike Carp, in particular, was hitting tape measure shots, scurrying the fans behind RF and whacking at least one car

Montero just missed hitting a truck driving on road beyond left field

Gutierrez showing some pop. He’s hit a couple over the wall, lots of gap liners. Physical difference is notable

From the sound of things, it looks like a massive turnaround is on the way. Fortunately, Stone does have a sense of humor abut the whole thing:

If Mariners can talk opponents into starting Jeff Datz on mound every game, they’ll be in business

For the record, the Mariners did improve from 513 runs scored to 556 runs scored last year. Of course, that still put them 63 runs behind the AL’s next worst team, Minnesota.

  1. stairwayto7 - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    sounds like the pitching sucks!

  2. IdahoMariner - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    i’m no fool. It’s spring, though, so I am going to enjoy this while it lasts.

  3. cup0pizza - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    The M’s are garbage. What’s new?

    • cur68 - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      You being a jackass certainly isn’t.

      • aklolzer - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        What a zinger!

  4. yankeesgameday - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Boards don’t hit back — Bruce Lee.

  5. paperlions - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Taking their home park out of the equation somewhat, the Mariners were actually 28th in road scoring last year, ahead of both Houston and Colorado; and 29th in road scoring in 2010, ahead of Pittsburgh.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      But they got to use the DH in most of the road games, while your three NL teams there didn’t. Even after accounting for Safeco, they still rate as the game’s worst offense two or maybe three years running.

      • paperlions - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        I know. But scoring more runs than those teams while benefiting from a DH is still better than NOT outscoring those teams. :-)

        If we want to go back to 2009, when Seattle was last overall in the AL, they outscored 5 teams on the road, including one AL team.

        Yeah, they suck….but their home park has a huge effect on their overall numbers.

  6. lostsok - Feb 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Smoak may be the key. Montero is going to hit. If Smoak gets in a groove early, the lineup could gell. They’re still a .500 team until they get deeper, but that’s a start.

  7. professor59 - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Ichiro is known for slugging in BP. His is a conscious decision to be a slap hitter in games.

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