Bet you a dollar you won’t read that headline anywhere else. We like to appeal to a multitude of readers on this site, including kids, who know all about swagg and how to turn it on, off, up, and down.
And you better believe that right about now, Franklin Gutierrez has his swagg turned on full blast.
The Mariners’ center fielder is on an absolute tear in the past month. Since June 18, Gutierrez has produced a line of .370/.411/1.021 (AVG/OBP/OPS), which is among the very best in the majors. At the same time, he has dramatically increased his power numbers, belting six home runs and driving in 18 runs during that span.
On the season, Guti is now hitting .294/.354/.815 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI. He has become one of the team’s most reliable batters and has locked down the No. 5 spot in the batting order.
It may be entirely too early to say this, but the trade of currently-injured reliever J.J. Putz, among others, in exchange for Gutierrez, et al, is turning out to be one of the steals of the offseason.
Franklin is the absolute real deal and he continues to get better with each passing day. With home runs in each of the past two games, in addition to the stellar defense he brings to the table, Gutierrez may very well be the M’s answer in center field for years to come.