Taylor Motter went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and five runners stranded in the Seattle Mariners 4-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
Was Motter the reason the M’s lost? He’s not at the top of the list, but he’s definitely on it.
Motter entered play on Saturday hitting .204/.279/.269 playing almost everyday since May 1 – 31 games and 104 plate appearances. He has four extra-base hits over that time.
Motter had a two-week fit of competence in April, hitting .291/.339/.691 with five homers and 13 RBIs while Jean Segura was on the disabled list. No doubt it’s memories of that now-faded run of prosperity that is allowing manager Scott Servais to continue to employ Motter at all, let alone station him at first base as he did in Saturday’s loss.
For the season, Motter is down to .213/.282/.384, numbers bad enough at any position, let alone at the power slot at first base.
The M’s are scheduled to get Mitch Haniger back on Sunday from his rehab assignment, which will push the productive Ben Gamel (and maybe Jarrod Dyson or Guilliermo Heredia) into more sporadic play. None of those three are really the problem though.
The M’s really need Segura to get back healthy quickly to return Motter back to part-time status where he belongs with this roster.
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