Franklin Gutierrez has three home runs, as does Carlos Peguero. Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders, Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay each have two. Smoak and Peguero are leading the team with eight hits apiece, Ibanez and Jesus Montero have seven each, and the Mariners are on a 10-game winning streak in the Cactus League. But this is spring training. In 11 games, the Mariners have hit 24 homers and collected 76 RBIs. They’ve scored 83 runs — 25 more than their opponents. Seattle pitchers have 87 strikeouts, opponents are averaging just .265 at the plate, and Felix Hernandez hasn’t even thrown in a live game yet. But — but — this is spring training. Shhhh … don’t look now, but the Mariners are looking pretty good. They’ve swatted six more long balls than any other team this spring — and that’s after finishing last in batting in all of Major League Baseball last season. Just Monday, the M’s walloped the Colorado Rockies 16-6.
Don’t look now, but the Mariners are looking pretty good
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Mar 6