All-Star voting is in full swing, and while Mariners fans should support all their favorites in the ballpark and online, one local star has carried the Seattle offense consistently for the past month.
Since April 30, designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales is hitting .347 (41×118) with five home runs, 12 2B and 24 RBI to rank among the American League leaders. Here’s a more detailed glimpse at how the eight-year veteran stacks up against league competition in the last five weeks:
- 8th in AVG (.347)
- T7th in RBI (24)
- T4th in 2B (12)
Morales has established himself as one of the Junior Circuit’s top switch hitters. Overall, the Mariners star leads American League switch hitters in batting average, RBI and runs scored, and is T2nd in home runs. The versatile veteran has been especially dangerous against left-handed pitching, posting a .360 average on the season against southpaws, which ranks 9th in the AL.
A cool customer in the clutch, the Cuban-born Morales ranks fourth in the AL with a .396 average with runners in scoring position (19×48). He also owns 8 game-winning RBI, which is tied for the most in the AL. Morales has driven in the winning run in five of Seattle’s last eight victories.
The Mariners will play 18 games at Safeco Field in June, so fans will have plenty of chances to see Morales and his teammates in action, and vote to send them to New York for the All-Star Game, which will be held July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.