The Condor Report: May 21st–May 27th

Card of the Week: 2009 Bowman Draft Orange Refractor RC #/25

Michael “The Condor” Saunders stats for the week of May 21st through May 27th:

AB: 20

Hits: 4

AVG: .200

Runs: 4

Doubles/Triples: 0/0

Home Runs: 0

RBI: 1

SB: 2

BB/K: 4/8


What Went Right? Saunders is still reaching base at a decent clip (at least by Seattle standards) and is showing more aggressiveness on the basepaths, but with the news that Franklin Gutierrez is set to begin a rehab assignment, The Condor will need to take a major step forward to keep the starting job in his talons and out of Guti’s reach.

Visual Recap: Seattle Mariners vs. L.A. Angels May 24th-27th

Song of the Week: Heat of the Moment by Asia

The Condor Report: May 14th–May 20th

Card of the Week: 2006 Just Stars Auto #/100

Michael “The Condor” Saunders stats for the week of May 14th through May 20th:

AB: 27

Hits: 7

AVG: .259

Runs: 2

Doubles/Triples: 2/1

Home Runs: 0

RBI: 2

SB: 1

BB/K: 2/7

What Went Wrong? Saunders continues to struggle with runners in scoring position, hitting just .200 with RISP including 14 K’s in 30 AB’s on the season. He hit the ball well this week, but couldn’t find any holes in the defense–putting the ball in play more often (7 K’s last week) is a good place to help his average trend upwards.

What Went Right? The Condor picked up three extra-base hits during the week and seemed comfortable hitting in the two hole behind Dustin Ackley. He continued his strong season defensively, picking up a key outfield assist to help preserve Kevin Millwood’s shutout.

Song of the Week: Follow You Down by the Gin Blossoms

Fun with Photoshop: Craig Gentry (’06) Custom Card

The Condor Report: May 7th–May 13th

Card of the Week: 2007 Bowman Sterling Black Refractor RC #1/25

Michael “The Condor” Saunders stats for the week of May 6th through May 13th:

AB: 17

Hits: 4

AVG: .235

Runs: 2

Doubles: 1

Home Runs: 0

RBI: 0

SB: 1

BB/K: 3/4

What Went Wrong? Saunders was caught stealing twice during the week (his first two of the season) and recorded just one extra-base hit.

What Went Right? Saunders showed vastly better plate discipline this week, striking out just four times in 17 at-bats while also drawing three walks. The Condor played a key role in Seattle’s 2-1 win over Detroit on May 9th, reaching base on a pinch-hit double in the 8th before scoring the winning run on a John Jaso base hit.