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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Beltre    

In case you guys hadn't noticed, my man is hitting pretty well lately. Last night's 4/5, with two homers and two doubles, helped him to an impressive .524/.545/1.143 line over the last five games. Facing Santana the (much) lesser tonight, he might just be able to keep that going.

OK, everyone has hot streaks, but even more impressively to me, Beltre has put up the following numbers over the past calendar year:

175 hits
46 2Bs
3 3Bs
32 HRs

.285/.344/.525

That's the guy we hoped we were getting. I don't really expect that he'll be able to keep it up (though I don't really expect that he won't be able to either), and he still has a lot of really terrible looking at bats. But it's encouraging at least, and it should mean that the pissing and moaning about his contract in the media should chill a bit (though it won't). If he hits like this for the rest of his contract, particularly considering his defense, I'll throw a party in his honor (that no one will attend).

P.S. If we knock Santana around tonight (like everybody else has been doing), we'll have a chance to go for the sweep, in Anaheim, behind Felix, tomorrow night. This is the most exciting Mariners series in a couple years, I dare say.

Fuck tha Angels.

3 Comments:

  • How can M's fans still be mad about Beltre when Sexson is so awful? The fact that Beltre's doing something ought to make him look good by association.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 2:43 PM  

  • How about Ibanez? Or any of the offseason pitching pickups? We have a lot of sucky players to be mad at right now. Sexson will heat up again; his second half numbers last year were pretty great. He is what he is, overpriced and inconsistent, but still impressive at times.

    I think my support of Beltre is not that uncommon. However, there is a strong minority voice that saw him start to suck after a career year, thought steroids, and stopped paying attention. I think that's still the case with many casual fans, though I don't really know for sure.

    By Blogger Jesse, at 2:49 PM  

  • Also, you might be underestimating just how frustrating it is to watch Beltre when he's off. He swings at the most bullshit pitches, it's really unbelievable. That's true of Sexson too, though, so maybe that means nothing.

    By Blogger Jesse, at 3:13 PM  

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