Mariners hitting below career averages

Mariners hitting below career averages

SEATTLE -- Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez stands alone among his Mariners teammates, but that's not exactly a good thing.

It's still early, but he is the only position player who has a higher batting average this season than his career average, which explains why the Mariners are having such a difficult time scoring runs.

Gutierrez went into Wednesday night's game against the Rays with a .337 batting average, 65 points higher than his up-to-date career average.

But overall, the 11 position players with at least 300 career at-bats are batting a combined 470 points below their career averages.

The discrepancy ranges from Mike Sweeney, who is batting 119 points lower than his career average (.179-.298), and second baseman Chone Figgins, who checks in with an 81-point reduction (.209-.290), to Ichiro Suzuki, who is batting nine points lower than his .333 career mark.

"For us, it's trying to get guys back to their career averages, and the toughest thing is looking at that board every night, especially the guys that are not used to that," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "There is no excuse for that.

"To us, it's not trying to focus so much on getting 10 or 12 hits a game, but to play the game the right way, get a sac bunt down when we need to, can we drive in a run when we have to?"