Game 70, Cubs at Mariners
Dempster vs Vargas, 7:10 pm.
Since the line-up was posted on Twitter, I’ve gotten a few questions about why Jack Wilson is back at shortstop. The answer is actually pretty simple – he’s better than Josh Wilson. Yes, I know, Josh has gotten some hits and played decently in Jack’s absence, but keep in mind that he’s a career .242/.298/.344 hitter in 700 major league plate appearances, and he wasn’t much better than that in the minors. He had a nice hot streak thanks to some balls finding holes, but he is what he is a – a bench player. Jack Wilson is better than Josh Wilson, and when he’s healthy enough to play, he should spend most of the time at shortstop.
There’s also the argument to be made that the M’s should be trying to get out of the second year of Wilson’s contract by dealing him to a contender looking to patch a hole up the middle. It will be hard to convince teams to take Wilson’s $5 million contract for 2011 if they don’t get to see him play regularly, and the M’s may decide that they are best served going another (healthier) direction at the position and spend the money they would save somewhere else. If this is something they’re considering, than they need Jack Wilson to play often and play well.
There’s no reason for Jack Wilson to not be in the line-up on most days. Don’t overreact to a slight increase in batting average over six weeks of playing time.
Figgins, 2B Josh Wilson, 2B
Jack Wilson, SS