When Mike Blowers couldn’t seem to hit anything, Seattle third base coach Sam Perlozzo reminded him of the plan.
“He told me, ‘You’ve started slow, just like last year,”’ Blowers said. “‘Then you’ll mix in a few hits, just to stay afloat, and then you’ll get hot the last couple of months of the season.”’
“I told him once all that happened, he was going to be a wealthy man,” Perlozzo said.
That kind of timing would work nicely, since Blowers’ two-year contract is up after this season. A year ago, he batted .181 in April - a month in which his career average is .209 - but finished at .289 with nine home runs and 49 RBIs.
With no more than a few days of April this season, Blowers’ slow start swept right through May and into early June. Two weeks ago, just before the start of the series in Chicago, Perlozzo approached Blowers, who was batting .220 with one home run and 20 RBIs.
“I told him, ‘I know we’ve talked about the plan, but you might want to start hitting a little earlier this year - there’s a short season,”’ Perlozzo said, laughing.
Fourteen days and 14 games later, Blowers has surged. He’s hit .387 with four home runs and nine RBIs during a 10-game homestand.
Blowers began the Detroit series batting .242 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 54 games. A year ago, at the All-Star break, he was hitting .277 with seven homers, 39 RBIs.
Rookie Rafael Carmona will make the third start of his major league career Wednesday and then, win or lose, probably be sent down.
Catcher Chad Kreuter is eligible to come off the disabled list and since the Mariners won’t need a No. 5 starter again until July 17, Seattle might send Carmona out to pitch and use his roster spot for Kreuter.
Joey Cora, platooning at second base with Felix Fermin, is batting .323 in his last 17 games.