Game 61, Mariners At White Sox

Dave · June 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Hernandez vs Humber, 5:10 pm.

Happy Felix Day!

The Mariners scored one run last night; the Rainiers scored 24. Tacoma has put up so much offense lately that they’ve forced Tucson to use a position player in relief two nights in a row – and Mike Carp homered off both of them. Dustin Ackley is hitting .391/.576/.652 since the calendar flipped to June, besting even his great May performance. Josh Bard is hitting .340. Yes, the league environment in the PCL is crazy this year (an average of 11.2 runs per game down in the PCL), but there’s no way the Mariners are going to be able to keep Ackley and Carp down there for much longer, especially when the team continues to struggle to score runs at the big league level.

Carlos Peguero is back out in left field tonight, but unless he has another huge evening, the extended rope his performance on Friday gave him has to be just about up. Luis Rodriguez is also getting a start at shortstop, and his roster spot could be in jeopardy as well. The M’s aren’t going to let the Rainiers keep bashing the heck out of the PCL for too much longer before some changes are made.

Ichiro, RF
Rodriguez, SS
Smoak, 1B
Cust, DH
Kennedy, 2B
Gutierrez, CF
Olivo, C
Figgins, 3B
Peguero, LF


103 Responses to “Game 61, Mariners At White Sox”

  1. SonOfZavaras on June 8th, 2011 12:57 am

    My man, Peguero:


    4th in SLG% (3rd if you “correct” Halman’s 1.143)
    5th in AVG
    10th in Total Bases (in limited games!)

    All true, MrZDevotee.

    But only currently true. All these numbers are the result of “limited games”, and by definition “small sample size theater”.

    Give Carlos Peguero 500 ABs in a major league season, you will see 15-20 HR, sure… and 175 strikeouts- minimum- in order to get it.

    All while you’re dealing with that “demented Ouija Board dance” he does when he plays left field.

    Count how many ‘true’ strikes the guy gets in an AB, and count how many times he strikes out. It’s because the word is out on him that you never need to throw him a strike. Yeah, he nails a couple that aren’t very well placed.

    But a veteran guy who’s got a semblance of a clue will pitch him in, watch him swing and miss. Then pitch him away for a called strike. Then give him a high fastball that he’ll swing right through. Back to the bench for #8.

    I’m not convinced the guy has no major-league future, but I’m saying he has gaping, gaping holes in his game for this level at this time. And the major leagues is NOT a developmental league.

    The simple truth is: the best place for Carlos Peguero right now is Tacoma.

  2. SonOfZavaras on June 8th, 2011 1:05 am

    Heck, his avg is better than Cust, L-Rod, Figgins AND Guty… Why him?

    Oh, yeah. Forgot about this aspect of your post. Various factors.

    In order:

    A guy with a mil in money we have to pay him, a reserve infielder who we never dreamed was anything more, a guy who’s about done as a regular for us or anyone who gets a lot of money, and a guy recovering from a pretty serious ailment but who provides a Gold Glove-caliber piece of leather.

    The guys on your list except Gutierrez and maybe Rodriguez is just about paying rent on the hot seat. But they have varying factors as to why they stay, right now.

    Peguero’s a rookie who you just say “failed the audition”, and burn the option. See ya in September.

  3. ivan on June 8th, 2011 6:01 am

    Well I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I don’t want to see Luis Rodriguez playing SS again while Jack Wilson is still on the roster. Dude might be OK at 3B or 2B, and might hit a little, but he flat does not have the range to play SS in this league.

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