The Seattle Mariners entered the week third in baseball in home runs, which is incredible considering the player that many predicted to lead the team in the category hasn't hit any since May.
The Mariners brought outfielder Michael Morse back from his disabled list stint Monday, and for a fantasy owner in need of power, look no further. Morse blasted six home runs before the big league season was even two weeks old, then a finger injury slowed him down and a quad problem took him out in late May. Now he's back and presumably healthy -- and owned in barely a third of ESPN standard mixed leagues. He should be in Tuesday's lineup at Fenway Park.
We could call this a tale of two seasons for Morse, but really, it has been one 10-day period then physical woes ruining everything. Morse might seem like a difficult player to analyze, but I'd argue we have a pretty good idea of what he brings to the table. ESPN fantasy originally projected a .292 batting average, 25 home runs and 79 RBIs over 483 at-bats, with a lot of strikeouts and precious few walks. Morse is one of the rare players who has hit for average over the years despite poor plate discipline, relying on a high BABIP to somehow make it work. I pegged Morse for a few more home runs and a few less hits than our projection, but he was certainly a player worth owning in all leagues.