Feb 18, 2012, 2:17 PM EST
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.
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- Brett Gardner is drawing “significant” trade interest (112)