One thing each Seattle hitter can do to get back on track
Seattle's big bats have struggled in a big way to start the season, but don't lose hope yet. Here is one thing each of these run producers can do to get their season back on track.
Eugenio Suárez has been a huge part of this team over the last two seasons, bringing his good vibes and great bat to the Mariner clubhouse. Suárez is off to a slow start so far this year, and while he hasn’t been terrible we know there is much more in the tank.
So how can he get back on track? Challenge the marine layer.
The 31-year-old infielder has a track record of power, cracking 163 home runs since 2018. This mark ranks second in all of baseball, just behind Aaron Judge.
His launch angle has dropped a few degrees this season, down to 16 from the 19 he posted in 2022. This has resulted in a deflated Barrel percentage, down almost seven percent.
The lack of barrels has led to less power and an xWOBA that has heavily regressed from his 2022 figures.
There is some good news for the Mariner third basemen, however. His hard-hit rates have stayed very close to his career numbers, Suárez just needs to get the ball in the air more often.
He also ranks in the 99th percentile of Outs Above Average, basically making him the best third baseman in all of baseball this season. I am very optimistic that the notoriously streaky Suárez will hit a hot streak soon, which is typically capable of carrying an offense.
The 2022 Rookie of the Year is off to a rough start, but worries of a sophomore slump can be easily extinguished. Rodríguez’s Baseball Savant page indicates little difference between this year and last, especially in his advanced numbers.
While Julio has expected stats that are better than you may think, there are some easy fixes in here that can elevate his game once again. The center fielder has just a 40 percent hard-hit rate and a run value of -4 on four-seam fastballs this season.
If you can’t take advantage of fastballs it is difficult to be productive, especially when you are struggling to hit offspeed as well. The young star has missed plenty of fastballs in the zone, causing him to get to two strikes all too often.