21-28, Hitting Numbers and Notes

Batter #P PA RB 1B/2B/3B/HR nBB SO (sw) Sw (cnt) GB/FB/LD/IF
D Ackley 24 5 1 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 4 (2) 8 (4) 1 / 0 / 0 / 0
M Saunders 20 5 2 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 1 2 (2) 7 (3) 0 / 0 / 2 / 0
I Suzuki 18 4 0 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 0 (0) 11 (11) 4 / 0 / 0 / 0
K Seager 12 4 1 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 0 (0) 7 (7) 2 / 1 / 1 / 0
J Smoak 17 4 1 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 1 (1) 10 (8) 2 / 1 / 0 / 0
J Jaso 15 4 2 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 1 1 (1) 5 (4) 1 / 0 / 1 / 0
M Olivo 15 4 0 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 2 (2) 10 (5) 2 / 0 / 0 / 0
M Carp 24 4 3 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 2 1 (1) 12 (10) 0 / 0 / 1 / 0
B Ryan 15 4 1 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 1 1 (1) 5 (4) 0 / 2 / 0 / 0

P = number of pitches seen, RB = reached base, nBB = unintentional walks and hit by pitches, sw = swinging strikeouts, cnt =contact

If you needed a numerical illustration of the difference in approach between John Jaso and Miguel Olivo, their proximity in the batting order today was a good example. Immediately after Jaso drew his walk on five pitches, Olivo stepped up and swung at the first two pitches he saw. That alone isn't a problem, but the second pitch was not a strong hitter's pitch and Olivo harmlessly bounced out, ending a threat.

Both Jaso and Olivo saw 15 pitches over their four trips to the plate. John Jaso swung at five. Miguel Olivo swung and missed at five en route to swinging at ten of the fifteen.

Justin Smoak blasted another home run. That was his only time reaching base today, but the mounting examples of demonstrated power is incredibly welcome.

Less welcome is the four strikeouts against Dustin Ackley. I was surprised to see that his strikeout rate coming into this game was right in line with his strikeout rate from last year in Seattle. Both are higher than many of us feel it should be with Ackley's contact skills, but he does take quite a few called strike threes. I remain unworried about Dustin's future. I do wish he would spark a hot streak though.

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