ARLINGTON -- Since late July, rookie Mike Carp has been the most consistent hitter on a Mariners team that has struggled at the plate all season. Carp extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the third inning of a 7-6 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday, a career high for the slugger.
"He's arguably had our best at-bats," manager Eric Wedge said. "He goes up there ready to hit -- he hunts the baseball. I think he sees the ball very well, and he's able to do some damage, too. He's been doing a nice job facing some pretty good pitching."
Carp, who also had a 22-game hit streak at Triple-A Tacoma this year, has improved each month of the season. He hit .200 with no home runs and no RBIs in 15 games in June, starting 11 of those contests. In 11 July games, all starts after being recalled from Tacoma on July 19, Carp hit .349 with two homers and nine RBIs. In August, Carp is hitting
.353 (12-for-34) with three doubles, a homer and seven RBIs.
"Just coming back up, having more of an opportunity to play, I've got more confidence in myself being in there every day," Carp said.