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.
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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