Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a double, three walks, three runs and an RBI in Wednesday's 22-10 win over the Rangers. With the game occurring in an American League park, the Marlins had an extra spot open in the lineup for Suzuki, who played an integral part in keeping multi-run rallies going in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings. In reaching base five times, Suzuki was able to boost his OBP from .277 to .301, but it's unlikely to earn him many future starts so long as the regular outfield trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna maintains health.
Suzuki got a start in right field Thursday and went 2-for-3 with a walk, passing Rod Carew to become MLB's all-time foreign-born hit leader, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. The 43-year-old now has 3,054 career base hits in MLB, putting him 24th on the overall all-time rankings with Rickey Henderson's 3,055 next in his sights. Suzuki's .222/.263/.296 slash line indicates the future Hall of Famer is a shadow of his former MVP self, but he can still play solid defense and could find employment as a bench bat beyond 2017 if he chooses, allowing him to take a run at cracking MLB's all-time top 20 in career hits despite not coming over from Japan until his age-27 season.
Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh. This was just Suzuki's second home run through 85 plate appearances this season and only his fifth bomb since the 2013 campaign. The 43-year-old veteran owns a .198/.235/.296 slash line and probably shouldn't be counted on in any fantasy format.
Suzuki failed to reach base in three plate appearances Wednesday against interleague opponent Oakland. Suzuki started in center field for just his eighth start of the season, one day after starting and splitting time between left and center Tuesday. Despite making two consecutive starts, Father Time seems to have caught up to Suzuki and will most likely prevent him from garnering any meaningful or consistent playing time once Christian Yelich (hip) returns to action.
Suzuki went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the year in Wednesday's road loss to the Mariners. It was a garbage-time homer with the Marlins down 10-4 and no one on base, but it was still a great moment for Ichiro, who spent 12 remarkable years in Seattle. This could have been his last MLB game at Safeco Field (where he hadn't appeared since 2014 until this series), but you never know -- he doesn't seem all that inclined to retire after this season ends. That said, he's hitting just .158 in the early going while serving as the Marlins' fourth outfielder.
|vs N.Y. METS||3/20||.150||0||1||0||0||0|
|vs CAIN (CAREER)||2/6||.333||0||0||0||1||0|