Ichiro Suzuki has a month to forget
May was the worst month in Ichiro Suzuki’s career, as he hit .210 with a .270 on-base percentage. Oddly, the Mariners played great, seemingly proving the theory that for a future Hall of Famer he has very little effect on winning. … What does Jair Jurrjens have in common with Lefty Gomez, Randy Johnson and Ubaldo Jimenez? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, those are the only big leaguers to begin a season with nine straight starts of six-plus innings giving up two or fewer runs in each game. Jurrjens, like left-handed setup man Jonny Venters, is an unexpected All-Star candidate for the Braves. … Looks like the Rangers lost their little gamble on Brandon Webb, whose shoulder could force him into an early retirement. … The Giants might want to tone down the rhetoric about Scott Cousins, who is getting death threats since his collision with Buster Posey. … Terry Collins is becoming a popular manager in New York with his blasts of the Mets, whom many feel coddled. The trick is to win, however. … Curtis Granderson Kevin Long … Could these numbers come from any team except the Cubs? Entering the weekend, they were batting .321 leading off innings and .287 with no one on base — the highest figures in the majors — but .255 with runners on and .233 with runners in scoring position.
— Phil Rogers
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