Monday, June 29, 2009

Russell Branyan Left Naked in Mariners Lineup

Just when Mariners slugger Russell Branyan had remade himself from a swing-and-miss whiff machine into a .300 hitting power slugger -- and was on pace to hit more then 40 homers -- he has been left naked in the lineup due to the departure of third baseman Adrian Beltre for shoulder surgery.

Without Beltre's big bat behind him, Branyan will be lucky to see anything to hit for the rest of the year. It will be very telling if Branyan fails to swat any longballs during the Mariners upcoming visit to the New York City wind tunnel known as new Yankee stadium.

Pity that the Mariners front office this year was more interested in playing travel agent for Ken Griffey's feel good farewell tour and dog-and-pony show than putting a winning team on the field.


Anonymous said...

i agree. with the #1 pitching in the american league, they need to go out and get 1 or 2 good righty bats. they need lopez and griffey to keep getting hotter, in the avg. department, as they seem to be only heating up power-wise, as beltre was heating up both ways.

Anonymous said...

i read this entry as "tongue in cheek" in that beltre has never provided protection for anyone since he arrived in seattle. since arriving from l.a., he's never hit above .275 and has never surpassed 26 hr's or 99 rbi's. these are hardly the types of #s that make pitchers cower. as a seattleite and die-hard m's fan, i've been watching beltre, and the hitters that precede him, since 2005. no pitcher has ever pitched to the guy in front of beltre for fear of what #29 might do in the batter's box.

Anonymous said...

Great, tease me with the prospect of seeing Russell Branyan naked and then give me only words.

arizona bankruptcy lawyer said...

Beltre has not done much though since his one big power year. Makes me wonder if his name is on some list somewhere...know what I mean?