Game 122, Mariners at Yankees
Hernandez vs Burnett, 4:05 pm.
Happy Felix Day.
Let’s just get right into the story of the day. Starting in left field tonight – Matt Tuiasosopo. I’m one of the group of people who agree that he should probably play more often than not, given the current construct of the roster. Jose Lopez and Casey Kotchman have no chance of being on this team next year, and his best positions are the infield corners. I’d have no problem with the team running Tui out there at either position for most of the rest of the year. I don’t think he’s going to turn into a good major league player, but letting him try to prove his doubters wrong is more useful than just assuming we’re right and giving his opportunity to guys playing out the string.
However, Tui should not be taking at-bats away from Michael Saunders. Ever. Saunders is one of the core guys that this team needs to develop in order to have a long term winner, and he needs to play as much as humanly possible. I’ll give Daren Brown the benefit of the doubt that Saunders is still sore from his fight with the wall, and maybe he’s not ready to go yet, even though they just said it was “a day off” on Tuesday when Tui subbed for him and had the big night. Four days later, however, Sanders is still on the bench.
I’m really hoping that Tui’s display in Baltimore isn’t going to earn him regular time in left field. It’s not a position he should ever really play anyway, and he certainly shouldn’t be playing instead of Saunders. Kotchman or Lopez, sure. Saunders, no. Let’s hope that the good young left fielder is back on the field tomorrow, regardless of how Tui does tonight.
Update: Saunders is healthy. Brown chose not to play him. He’s officially eliminated from consideration for the permanent managing gig. Just a ridiculous decision.
Josh Wilson, SS