A Team without Superstars
Remember when they said that of the vaunted 2001 Mariners? After we lost Randy, Junior and A-Rod and kept on winning? A team without superstars. After one game, mid-season, I remember someone, possibly Ron Fairly, trotted this out again, and Dave Niehaus responded, “Oh, there's a superstar.” He meant Ichiro.
Well, give or take a king on the mound, we're now truly a team without superstars. But this time we're a sucky team without superstars.
Today I was looking at our abyssmal OBP and SLG and OPS numbers, and then noticed that our best OPS from an everyday player was the .772 mark shared by Kyle Seager and Michael Saunders, noticed again that they were ranked 77th and 78th in the Majors, and wondered if every team had a player above our best player.
The answer? Yes. Every team has a player above our best player. Only San Diego really makes it close.
|Team||Best player||2nd Best||3rd Best||4th Best||5th Best|
In fact, 23 teams have a second player ranked before the M's first, and exactly half (15) have a third player. Seven teams have a fourth player, and two teams, Texas and the Yankees, have a fifth player whose OPS is better than the M's best player.
That's part of why it's so difficult watching these games. There's no one scary in our lineup. Not one. Not even close.
On the plus side, we do have a second player on the list before the Padres. Plus our team is young, and they play at Safeco.
But a star would be nice. Or at least a bright light.
Safeco Field: No bright lights, no big city.