Game 134, Angels at Mariners
Day game for Felix Day!
Jose Lopez is at first base. Last year, when he was shifted over to first, it was on the one hand a relief from the agony of watching Sexson or the futility that was Miguel Cairo. On the other hand, it was terrifying to think that the front office might be seriously thinking of Lopez as the future at first base. That would have made him into a worthless asset, all so the team could try to fill a different hole instead, and at second base you don’t have Russ Branyans to easily plug in.
This year, I can handle Lopez at first base with equanimity. I know it’s not a glimpse of the future, just a temporary expedient. Next year I could see Lopez back at second, or replacing Beltre at third (less likely now given the other moves that have been made), or playing for another team altogether. Regardless of which it turns out to be, I have a lot more confidence that it will have happened because Zduriencik determined that was the best way to allocate his resources.
SS-R J. Wilson (real helpful, I know)