Game 53, Orioles At Mariners
Fister vs Arrieta, 1:10 pm.
More day baseball for the M’s and a line-up change that should make most of you rejoice – Chone Figgins has been dropped to eighth in the order. Given his .169/.204/.202 performance in May, it’s fair to say this is probably overdue. Figgins has been absolutely atrocious this year, and so now we begin the phase of the plan where the team tries to figure out if any minor changes might revive him. First, they’ll move him down in the order, and if that doesn’t work, he’ll get some more time off to clear his head. This is generally phase one of the “guy loses his starting job” career path, and Figgins is going to have show some life pretty soon or I’d imagine Adam Kennedy will become the new starting third baseman when the team calls Dustin Ackley up in a few weeks.
The leash for Chone Figgins is getting shorter. They’re not going to let him keep producing negative value forever. He’s going to have to start hitting soon, or he’ll spend the last two years of his contract as an expensive utility infielder.