So you are going to blame the best player on the team? He was incredible in July and August, slow start to the year, but the six weeks after the all-star break showed he is a true talent. It is disappointing he couldn't keep up the pace through September, but he delivered 5.3 WAR this season, 32 HR's 37 SB, and salvaged a .275 BA after a horrible start to the year. Oh yeah, and he drove in over 100 runs. Solid production from a guy in his age 22 season. I would like to see him strike out a bit less and walk a bit more, his OBP is pretty lame, but overall he's a great young and exciting player. If you own the Mariners you have to believe Julio will only continue to improve, it is not a stretch to believe he could be an MVP candidate in a couple of years.
I was thinking tonight that they were just 2 games away from winning the division and a first round bye... and that would be the 3rd best record in the AL.
I can think of way more than 2 games in September when Julio was up with the bases loaded and did absolutely nothing. He stranded 8 runners and struck out 4 times in one game against the Astros this week. So if Julio comes through just twice in September we might be having a very different conversation.
If I owned the Mariners... I would be hesitant to spend another $100 million to gain two clutch hits and winning the division. How about Julio being a little more consistent and not completely disappearing in September when it mattered most?