Fantasy Notes: Beltre Paces Mariner Rebound
April 28, 2007 | | comment on this post
- Okay, fair is fair. We bashed the Mariners earlier this week and they’ve won four straight since to get back to .500 and move within a hair of the AL West lead. Wins over Texas and KC won’t impress anyone, but in between Seattle swept a two-game mini set with division-leading Oakland. Adrian Beltre is suddenly rolling with back-to-back multi-hit games, including a three-RBI night on Friday. His average is still nothing to write home about, but give Beltre 15 RBI for the year now, which translates into a 135-RBI pace. He’s going to stick in the two-hole for the Mariners and may have been dropped in shallow mixed leagues, so keep an eye on him.
- Ichiro Suzuki has been inconsistent so far, and I am still shocked he’s managed just one steal, but he got on base three times Friday while jacking his BA back up to .315. With the Mariners suddenly winning some games, the Ichiro trade watch will take a back burner for now, but I will be very surprised if he lasts the season in Seattle.
- The Jose Vidro acquisition was among the more panned moves of the offseason, but so far, he’s been hitting very well. Although he’s not exactly driving in runs by the boatload (even though he’s batting third), Vidro is up to .316 thanks to an 11-game hit streak and he’s getting on base. He’s still nowhere near as good as he was with he was when he was stationed in Montreal, but at the age of 32, the switch hitting Vidro is at least showing that he can still be somewhat productive. Now that Beltre is heating up, Vidro should start delivering more RBI as well. A word of caution, however: over the last three years, Vidro is a .296 hitter before the break, but he’s hit 24 points lower in the second half.