The Seattle Mariners host the Chicago White Sox tonight on what appears to be a perfect evening for baseball, and among the random thoughts on this series is this - which leadoff hitter would you rather have?
Ichiro is having his worst big-league season, Chicago's Juan Pierre is having a good-not-great season. By the numbers:
Ichiro .271 BA, 67 R, 146 H, 32 RBI, 33 BB, 32 SB, .312 OBPPierre ,284, 62 R, 143 H, 40 RBI, 33 BB, 21 SB , .335 OBP
Who do you pick? Ichiro is hitting 60 points below his career acverage and is still playing as well as Pierre.
Against White Sox RHP Jake Peavy, here's tonight's lineup:
Ichiro RFFranklin Gutierrez CFDustin Ackley 2BMike Carp 1BMiguel Olivo CKyle Seager 3BWily Mo Pena DHBrendan Ryan SSTrayvon Robinson LFCharlie Furbush LHP