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Mariners sit slumping Suzuki

Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 6:24 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ichiro SuzukiFor the first time since Aug. 31, 2009, Ichiro Suzuki is not in the Mariners' starting lineup.

Chone Figgins will lead off for the Mariners, hitting third, while Carlos Peguero takes over in right field against the Tigers and Brad Penny.

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."

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:54 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Mariners sit slumping Suzuki

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Mariners sit slumping Suzuki

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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Mariners sit slumping Suzuki

i really dont wanna waste my time attempting to explain to you the whole point of our discussion anymore. my point is you are saying ichiro is finished...i'm saying you are stupid to base that on the fact he is going through a slump...and all you can do is act like a fool




Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Mariners sit slumping Suzuki

Maybe this is a stretch, but perhaps the earthquake that struck Japan a few months ago is weighing on Ichiro's mind.  He may be worried about family members, friends, etc..  If this is the case, it's understandable, because a big part of hitting is psychological; and Ichiro's mind may be so cluttered with concern for others back home that he isn't fully concentrating on hitting.    



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Mariners sit slumping Suzuki

age has nothing to do with it????????????you really are a very stupid boy



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Mariners sit slumping Suzuki

Ichiro is in better shape then probably 95% of the rest of the players in mlb....His age has nothing to do with it. It's called a slump you tool. He may not get back to his prior numbers, but to say he has hit the wall makes u look like a ratard. And judgeing by your previous comment, you are....or else you are 10 years old...that comes after 9..durrrrr




Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Mariners sit slumping Suzuki

he has hit the wall you idiot he is 37 years old do you know what that is it comes after 36?



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Mariners sit slumping Suzuki

maybe because players also go through a thing called a SLUMP...yes...it is possible that ichiro has "hit the wall"........but, take a look at his numbers for his career. to assume he has fell off the cliff because he hasn't been hitting well in the past couple weeks is stupid...why is that so difficult for you to understand?



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Mariners sit slumping Suzuki

why is it tough to imagine idiot yes they do fall off a cliff you are dealing with the most elite althletes on the face of the earth doing the most difficult thing in professional sports hitting a 90mph baseball from 60 ft away all it takes is your reaction time to slow down.01 of a second and you are no longer at the top of your game why is that so difficult for you to understand?


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