After missing all of 2014 with an arthritic condition and spending the early portion of 2015 in the minors, Franklin Gutierrez was largely forgotten in Fantasy circles. The Mariners recalled him last June, initially using him sparingly, but his steady power production gained him regular at-bats against lefties and even a few starts against righties. Gutierrez ended the season with a .292 batting average and 15 home runs in 189 plate appearances. His condition will prevent him from playing a larger role in 2016, but Gutierrez's resurgence has put him back on the map in deeper mixed Rotisserie leagues.
Gutierrez signed a one-year, major league contract with the Mariners on Wednesday. After missing all of 2014 with gastrointestinal issues and spending three months in the minors to open 2015, Gutierrez went on to bat .292/.354/.620 with 15 homers in just 59 games with Seattle. He did almost as much damage against right-handed pitching as he did against lefties, but Gutierrez still has a .658 career OPS against right-handed pitching, so he may be limited to a platoon role in left field to begin 2016.
Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals. Gutierrez has recorded a hit in six straight games, but he will get a night off in order to open up a spot in the lineup for another left-handed hitter - Logan Morrison, indirectly -- against Royals starter Johnny Cueto.
Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in a 10-1 loss to the Rangers on Saturday. It was a rough game for the Mariners, but the breakout season continues for Gutierrez. He has now homered in three straight and has five dingers over his last 10 games. The home run came off lefty Cole Hamels and that's been the trend for Gutierrez all season, as he's killing southpaws. The Venezuelan has a .340 average against lefties with an OPS well above 1.000. The one problem with that is that the Mariners face only one lefty in six games next week.
Mariners outfielder Seth Smith is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rangers, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports. Smith will unsurprisingly sit out against lefty Cole Hamels, with Franklin Gutierrez replacing him in left field. Smith has logged just 47 plate appearances versus southpaws this season.
Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez remains out of the starting lineup for Friday's series-opener against the Rockies. Gutierrez has been out since injuring his groind back on Sept. 4. However, the veteran has been deemed ready for pinch-hitting duties on Friday, and could potentially be back in the lineup on Saturday, according to The Tacoma News Tribune.