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The Long Ball Matters!

Posted By Shane Hoopfer On May 20 2010 @ 3:14 pm In Seattle Mariners | 1 Comment

The Mariners have dropped five in a row now heading into their afternoon match up with the Toronto Blue Jays. Seattle is sitting at 14-26 and 8.5 games behind Texas for the division lead. Lets not even mention the wild card as that is even uglier.

The Blue Jays coming to town shows a prime example of why power matters in MLB. It wouldn’t take much to say that the Seattle Mariners rotation and pitching staff as a whole are better than the Jays, and their young staff. The Mariners have a team ERA of 3.74 while the Jays are sitting at 4.16

You can also compare the batting averages of both teams and it is pretty close. Toronto is hitting .243 while Seattle is hitting .232 as team. So really neither team is scaring anyone with their batting averages. Stolen bases also favor the M’s at 35-21

The big difference between these two teams is the long ball. Toronto has eight batters in their lineup that would lead or be tied for the lead on the Seattle Mariners for home runs. Franklin Gutierrez is leading the M’s with 4 long balls. Seattle as a team has only hit 22 homers, while the Blue Jays have hit a league leading 65!

Point blank the Mariners have to start hitting the ball out of the park. It is clearly the difference between 14-26 and 25-17 where the Toronto Blue Jays are sitting even without Roy Halladay! Try and get out to the game today or catch it on TV as the Jays are sending Ricky Romero to the bump today. This kid has all the skills to one day win a Cy Young award.

Lets all hope that the Mariners can right the ship as it is turning into a long season already!

Have a good one!

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