Nori Aoki
LF/CF SEA
2 days ago

Aoki was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma after Friday's game, the Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since coming back from Triple-A on July 20, Aoki batted .316/.362/.429 with nine doubles, a triple, 11 runs and two stole bases. Almost all of his at-bats, though, came against right-handers (85 of 98) as he's been futile against left-handers this year (.207/.277/.228). In the next 10 days, the Mariners are scheduled to face six left-handed starters, which meant he'd be mostly sitting. So, the Mariners decided to use his roster spot to add a bullpen arm. Expect Aoki to be back in a couple weeks.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF SEA
2 days ago

Aoki is out of the lineup Friday against the White Sox, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the left-handed Chris Sale taking the mound for the White Sox, Aoki will head to the bench as Guillermo Heredia starts in left field. Aoki has increased his production at the plate recently, having posted a .370/.420/.478 line over the last 14 days.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF SEA
5 days ago

Aoki is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, according to Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune.

EDGE Analysis

Aoki started the last three games in left field, will be held out Tuesday in favor of Guillermo Heredia with manager Scott Servais looking to get more right-handed hitters in the lineup against Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF SEA
1 week ago

Aoki had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in two runs Saturday in a win against the Brewers as he continues to swing a hot bat.

EDGE Analysis

Since coming back from a demotion to Triple-A on July 20, Aoki is batting .325/.355/.446 with with nine extra-base hits and two steals. He's also had five three-hit games in that span. The Mariners are doing what they can do limit his exposure to left-handed pitching, and Aoki seems to be thriving in a platoon role.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF SEA
2 weeks ago

Aoki is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the left-handed Tyler Skaggs starting for the Angels, Shawn O'Malley will start in left field and bat leadoff while Aoki heads to the bench. Aoki will likely return to action for Thursday's series finale versus Los Angeles.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF SEA
2 weeks ago

Aoki had three hits Sunday in a win against the A's, including two against left-handed pitchers.

EDGE Analysis

Aoki has had trouble against lefties all season. Even with the two hits Sunday (just his second multi-hit game against southpaws this season), Aoki is batting .193/.268/.205 vs. left-handed pitchers. Aoki has for all intents and purposes been platooned since he returned from Triple-A in late July and likely will continue to be. His two lefty hits Sunday came off a reliever.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF SEA
2 weeks ago

Aoki could continue to sit against left-handed pitching, effectively putting him in a platoon in left field, the Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Part of the reason Nori Aoki was sent down in late June was his inability to hit left-handers (.174/.186/.439). Since his return in late July, he has started against a lefty once. Guillermo Heredia played left field and led off against lefties, but he was recently demoted because the Mariners needed another bullpen arm. Now it looks to be Shawn O'Malley, as no longer needed to start at shortstop with Ketel Marte back. O'Malley had two hits, including a run-scoring triple, and a walk in the role Friday night. Manager Scott Servais said he wasn't committing to the move for good, but the team isn't likely to put Aoki back in the leadoff spot, so unless Heredia is recalled, it looks to be O'Malley's job, leaving Aoki to platoon against right-handers.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF SEA
3 weeks ago

Aoki is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers, Shannon Drayer of MyNorthwest.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Aoki will get a regular day off after starting the past two games, as manager Scott Servais stacks the lineup with right-handers due to southpaw Daniel Norris taking the hill for Detroit. Guillermo Heredia replaces Aoki in left while batting in the leadoff spot.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF SEA
3 weeks ago

Aoki is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The left-field platoon continues in Seattle with Aoki sitting in favor of Guillermo Heredia against an opposing lefty starter (Tyler Skaggs). Aoki collected three hits in Friday's win, his second three-hit game since his July 20 return to the majors. He didn't have a single three-hit game over the first three months of the season.

Nori Aoki
LF/CF SEA
4 weeks ago

Aoki is out of the lineup against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Aoki will sit for the fourth time in the last five games as the team goes up against left-hander David Price on Tuesday. He will be replaced by Guillermo Heredia in left, but should return to the lineup Wednesday as right-hander Rick Porcello takes the mound against the Mariners.