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Old 08-06-2004, 12:02 AM   #1
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Default Will Ichiro hit .400?

I doubt he will, but the way he is swinging the past three weeks it would not surprise me if he pulled it off. Consider that when play ended on July 17 Ichiro was hitting a lowly .319. Since that day, over a 19 game span, Suzuki has gone a Nintendo-like 48 of 90 for a .533 average raising his overall average to a whopping .359. Raising one's average 40 points in three weeks is almost unheard of this time of year. That includes six three-hit games, two four-hit games, and two five-hit games. He is just on an amazing run right now and I, for one, would love to see him make a serious run at .400.
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He has to gain 40 points in two months. Not impossible, but..............

More realistically, I think he has a shot at the hits record.
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Not impossible but as ken suggests, he has a better shot at the hits record. At least it gives Mariners fans something to be interested in the final two months of the season since the Mariners aren't coming out of the cellar anytime soon.
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A "lowly" .319? I realize that by his standards that is a little low...but, a LOWLY .319? I dunno about that....
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Ugh, the foibles of the text based environment. The lowly .319 line was meant to be off-the-cuff and not taken seriously.

I think it unlikely as well, but hey he has managed to tack on 40 points over the past 19 games and he has 54 to go. Potentially it could be done, but he has to cool off sometime doesn't he?

If he hits his projected target of 710 at bats, which would be a record by the way, he would have to hit .481 the rest of the season and go 114 of 237. That would put him at an insane 284 for hits. Realistically, he does not have a shot as those would be pretty absurd numbers to put up.
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I agree that Ichiro has had a good season. He has been hitting very well lately, but is nearly alone among the Mariners doing so. I could see him getting a lot of walks from now until the end of the season unless someone steps up and gets hot behind him (Boone is finally hitting a bit as well).
Irchiro will not hit .400 this season.
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I agree that Ichiro has had a good season. He has been hitting very well lately, but is nearly alone among the Mariners doing so. I could see him getting a lot of walks from now until the end of the season unless someone steps up and gets hot behind him (Boone is finally hitting a bit as well).
Irchiro will not hit .400 this season.
Possibly. It's going to be interesting if Ichiro can hover around .375+ in mid-September. With all the other AL West teams fighting for a division title teams will have to decide whether to pitch against a red-hot Ichiro or walk him (and prevent him from stealing) and take their chances with the other M's batters.
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Old 08-07-2004, 11:03 AM   #8
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Nah, I doubt they start walking Ichiro like others have said the M's are so far out of it and nobody else is hitting behind him so him getting on base is rather inconsequential because the M's are losing all their games. They may pitch around him if he comes up with a chance to drive in a run.

The sad thing is the guy is on pace for 250 hits and less than 100 runs. I wonder when the last time was a guy got 200+ hits and failed to score 100 times in a season.
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Thats a good point, doublee. The Mariners are not playing particularly well (an understatement) and Ichiro cannot beat anyone by himself. Were I an AL West manager, I would pitch to him and play my outfield deep, to cut off triples. Let him hit a double nearly every AB and take my chances with the rest of the lineup.
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The problem with Ichiro is he pretty much solely focuses on getting hits (singles). He has 170 hits... and 18 doubles.
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Old 09-05-2004, 12:11 AM   #11
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Well after tonight's five hit performance he has raised his average to .379 which puts him twenty one points higher than he was a month ago over the last 28 games. He needs 21 points with 27 games to go. I still doubt he gets to .400 but he could definitely make things interesting over the last month of the season.
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If not for his poor April.... (sub .260) he may have a very realistic shot. Ichiro (assuming he gets his projected 712 ABs) will have to hit .504 from now till the end of the season.
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He's hitting over .475 since the All-Star break. Stepping it up to .500+ for the rest of the season isn't out of the question, if Boone, Ibanez, Edgar, Bucky, Olivo, Winn etc can get hot and force pitchers to actually throw strikes to Ichiro.
We could be watching a very special season from a special player.
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Old 09-05-2004, 12:23 PM   #14
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We could be watching a very special season from a special player.
We already are. Even if he does not reach .400 he is on pace to shatter the single season hits record and if he does that he still probably hits .370 which is an impressive feat in and of itself.
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He has to get 34 hits in the last 27 games to break the hits record. An accomplishable goal, but the rest of the lineup must warm up a bit to make pitchers throw good quality strikes to him.
From here on out, they have games with Cleveland, Boston, Oakland, Texas and Anaheim (after today's game against the White Sox). If he stays healthy and the guys around him are hitting, he shouldn't have any difficulty getting 34 hits in his last 27 games. He has not been in a prolonged slump since April, and I don't see any reason for him to go into one now.
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