Suzuki has started 1,635 of the 1,651 games of his career, but Suzuki has just five hits this month and is hitting just .252/.306/.294 overall. He's hitting .119/.157/.164 in his last 16 games and is hitless in his last three.
Suzuki has just 66 hits this season, putting his streak of 10 straight seasons (all his seasons) with at least 200 hits in jeopardy.
While Suzuki is aging, it's tough to imagine him falling off a cliff that quickly. Perhaps it's a slump and bad luck combining to hurt his production. Still, he is 37, so age may be catching up to him.
His replacement at the top of the lineup, Figgins, has been worse than Ichiro, hitting .187/.232/.247 this season -- just the type of presence you want at the top of your lineup. Manager Eric Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that he hoped the move would not only help Suzuki, but also help Figgins.
"He had his greatest success in the leadoff spot," Wedge told Baker before the game. "It's a great opportunity to throw him back up there and maybe get him kickstarted. I've seen it happen before. So, that was the thought process there."