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April 18, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Beltre doubles the fun

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We spoke about this at length yesterday and Adrian Beltre confirmed it last night. That good things can happen with a little power, even of the two-base variety. Beltre had a key double in Seattle’s five-run fifth inning as the Mariners came back to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3.
Beltre had been scuffling at the plate this past week. The team, power-wise, has struggled to get untracked all season. The M’s need Beltre’s power if their offense is to perform to adequate degrees this season.
And by power, we don’t mean home runs. Doubles can be an effective power weapon as well. The M’s will never be a home run juggernaut in 2009. They just don’t have enough long ball specialists. But extra-base power is a possibility with the spacious gaps at Safeco Field and overall team speed Seattle has.
After last night, the M’s are still 11th in the AL in doubles.
It’s something that needs to improve with this team’s offense. Beltre just took the first step towards making that a reality. Nothing wrong with the small ball approach. But you can’t win every game with bunt singles. Sooner or later, opponents will start expecting it and defense your team accordingly. There has to be some variety to the attack. Last night, we saw the variety.
The Mariners are off to an 8-3 start. Quite unbelievable, considering the opponents they’ve faced.

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