Kenji Johjima is really struggling for the Seattle Mariners right now. According to his ESPN player card, he is now projected to end the current season with 8 home runs, 51 runs batted in and a .236 average. If these projections fall through that would mean his average would dip a good 40 points from his career average of .282. Not only is he hurting the Mariners on the offensive side, but according to a recent Seattle Times report, Kenji has had trouble communicating with his pitching staff. Does this explain some of the uncharacteristic starts by some of our otherwise consistent starters?
What to do?
Well he is hitting good at home with a .333 average, but on the road he is batting .143 and he is batting .192 against left-handers. My suggestion to Johnny Mac: Start Jeff Clement on the road against left-handers,and maybe he’ll have a little more success than Kenji.
Lately he’s been picking it up. This month he is batting .341, so I think he’ll end up around the .280 range around the end of the season. However his rough start along with his teammates’ slow starts has hurt the Mariners too much too early. In the last 7 games he has had a .429 batting average and a on-base percentage at 1.123. These numbers are well above his overall-season numbers where he has held a .236 average a .608 on-base percentage. What’s the reason for this sudden surge? Jeff Clement. Even though Johjima just signed an extension, he could easily lose his job to a much younger more capable, Jeff Clement. I don’t think he is starting to decline as a player, but he’s definitely reaching his peak. And when he does, Jeff Clement will be right there waiting to replace him.
On a brighter note, Kenji has been making a difference in the local community. He has pledged to donate $250 to the Ronald McDonald house for every runner he catches stealing.no comments