The Seattle Mariners opened up their 2012 season, again, this weekend in Oakland. I had much doubt, like many, in the horrible offense the Mariners showed us in Japan. However, after compiling 26 hits and 15 runs in two games versus Oakland, one must wonder if Jack Zduriencik’s plan is coming to fruition.
Chone Figgins is unexpectedly paving the way for Seattle’s young talent with his team high .412 batting average and 4 RBIs. This is a pleasant surprise, considering he began the season as one of the biggest flops in Mariners history. Most importantly, though, the young batters are getting regular playing time and are showing great potential. Dustin Ackley looks like he will be nothing short of great and Kyle Seager has taken advantage of his opportunity with 4 hits and 2 RBIs in his 11 at-bats. Michael Saunders also appears to be turning his career around, finally getting good contact on the ball after shortening his stance and tightening his swing during spring training.
Many questions still surround Seattle’s offense. Is the offense on the right track or are the A’s really that bad? Either way, the Mariners appear to be improving, considering they averaged fewer than 3 runs scored per game against Oakland in 2010 and 2011.