Game 67, Angels At Mariners

Dave · June 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Vargas vs Haren, 7:10 pm.

Dustin Ackley is still in Tacoma. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. We’re well under the service time threshold for Super Two status from the last few years, and while the expectation is that the number of days required to qualify will be lower if it’s still around when Ackley would be eligible, it’s hard to believe that the number would be this low. At this point, the only explanation I can come up with is that they’re simply not willing to turn third base into a Figgins/Kennedy platoon yet. While I still don’t think this team is a contender, they are 1 1/2 games out of first place, and Ackley is probably the third best hitter in the organization right now – they can worry about rescuing some of Figgins value down the stretch if the team does fade from the race. It’s not like he’s going to have any trade value by July 31st anyway.

Essentially, that was a long-winded way of saying Dustin Ackley has no more business in Tacoma and should be starting at second base for the Mariners tonight. That he’s not is… disappointing.

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

Comments

146 Responses to “Game 67, Angels At Mariners”

  1. Auggeydog on June 13th, 2011 9:02 pm

    Jr needs to go down and sweet talk Hultzen and get him to sign after the CWS is over. Pay him what he wants and get him in the org. They were obviously not afraid of his signing demands so get it done.

  2. djw on June 13th, 2011 9:06 pm

    Tomato. Tamawto.

    Until about a week ago, I’d never heard giving an everyday player a one game rest in June a “benching”. That a certain beat writer has a penchant for drama shouldn’t change our vocabulary.

    On another note, while I think he appears to have improved a little at the plate since being called up, I’m going to go ahead and wait a bit before annointing Peguero the next Willie Stargell.

  3. Ibuprofen on June 13th, 2011 9:06 pm

    GAH!

  4. Carson on June 13th, 2011 9:07 pm

    Dang, just didn’t squeeze the glove. Great play otherwise.

  5. Arron on June 13th, 2011 9:07 pm

    Figgins does something right and Olivo screws it up…awesome…

  6. MrZDevotee on June 13th, 2011 9:07 pm

    Bummer-
    Poor Figgins, everything he touches goes wrong. Total fluke drop by Olivo, really nice play all around otherwise.

  7. Ibuprofen on June 13th, 2011 9:09 pm

    This game stopped being fun in the span of three minutes.

  8. Arron on June 13th, 2011 9:10 pm

    AAAAAAAnd that’s your ballgame…

  9. MrZDevotee on June 13th, 2011 9:10 pm

    Olivo-
    I love ya, man… BUT!

    Damn you. Catch that ball at the plate and we’re golden!

  10. kenshabby on June 13th, 2011 9:10 pm

    Wait…doesn’t Wells suck?

  11. MrZDevotee on June 13th, 2011 9:11 pm

    Ibuprofen-

    Unless you live in L.A. and then… “This game suddenly got fun in the span of 3 minutes.”

    I hate L.A.

  12. seattlesonsofbaseball on June 13th, 2011 9:12 pm

    Wells does suck… except when you give him a @#$% pitch to hit. Didn’t Vargas learn the first time???

  13. Westside guy on June 13th, 2011 9:12 pm

    Griffey called Felix-Pineda “the best 1-2 combination in baseball”.

    Excuse me, Mr. Griffey – Philadelphia’s on line 2…

  14. Auggeydog on June 13th, 2011 9:13 pm

    Well’s came and saw Figgin’s stats and got a bit of confidence.

  15. Ibuprofen on June 13th, 2011 9:13 pm

    Unless you live in L.A. of Anaheim

    Couldn’t resist, and I need to feel good about this game anyway.

  16. Carson on June 13th, 2011 9:14 pm

    What a stupid thing to argue about, so ok, you win.

    And, I don’t formulate opinions based off what that hack writes, FYI. I assume you mean Baker, and I rarely read his stuff. We can probably agree that he sucks.

  17. MrZDevotee on June 13th, 2011 9:16 pm

    Westy-
    You’re like the “ballplayer comparison” police tonight! *laughs*

    Hyperbole has a tendency to be, uh, flexible with its factuality.

  18. seattlesonsofbaseball on June 13th, 2011 9:18 pm

    Maybe this is why when you call up a guy who is crushing the ball in Tacoma……. you don’t sit him every other day and let Cust hit. We’ve completely cooled Carp off! Freaking insane! Why is Cust even hitting? We know what we have in him. And it isn’t a whole lot. Well, hopefully Carp can get comfortable, but the way I see them handling him, he’ll sit tomorrow and Cust gets to play.

  19. Westside guy on June 13th, 2011 9:20 pm

    Hyperbole has a tendency to be, uh, flexible with its factuality.

    We put the “hyper” in hyperbole! šŸ˜€

  20. Carson on June 13th, 2011 9:21 pm

    Ackley 2/3 so far tonight (T7). Nice to see him getting back on track after his day off.

  21. Westside guy on June 13th, 2011 9:21 pm

    Hehe Carson.

  22. MrZDevotee on June 13th, 2011 9:24 pm

    SeattleSonsofBaseball–

    You must not have seen the same Carp at bat against Haren that I saw… “Crushing the ball in Tacoma” evidently doesn’t translate as well in the majors as we’d like it to. I’m all for Carp succeeding, but I do like the thought of letting him get up to speed in lower leverage situations.

    (And Cust has been barely playing since Carp came up– yeah?)

  23. Carson on June 13th, 2011 9:26 pm

    Does anyone have any idea how you change your username link?

    I don’t have that blog anymore. The new one sucks, too, but in case the other one becomes a horse pr0n site, I’d like to switch it out. I swear I’ve looked everywhere.

  24. MrZDevotee on June 13th, 2011 9:27 pm

    Carson-
    Clever use of italics. Did you by chance study fencing while at Yale? (Pary, jab…)

  25. Westside guy on June 13th, 2011 9:27 pm
  26. MrZDevotee on June 13th, 2011 9:28 pm

    Carson-
    I don’t know how to change it, but if by chance the other one becomes a horse porn site, will you let us know!!! (I kid, of course…)

  27. Carson on June 13th, 2011 9:30 pm

    Well, I’ll be darned. I’d never have thought to click into the admin link. Figured that was for, well, admins.

  28. OffensivelyChallenged on June 13th, 2011 9:32 pm

    Is Smoak that slow??

  29. Carson on June 13th, 2011 9:33 pm

    I really, really don’t like this pinch-running for Smoak business.

    Although, every time Wedge has done it, it’s resulted in some sort of extra base hit that Olerud could have scored on. So, if Kennedy goes yard, huzzah.

  30. Carson on June 13th, 2011 9:35 pm

    I’m so glad Jack Wilson was on the base paths to do that.

  31. Ibuprofen on June 13th, 2011 9:35 pm

    CLUTCHlivo time? <_<

  32. kenshabby on June 13th, 2011 9:37 pm

    We need a herolivo…

  33. Carson on June 13th, 2011 9:38 pm

    Ackley with a ground rule double. Three hits tonight.

  34. KiWiNiNjA on June 13th, 2011 9:40 pm

    Instead we got zerolivo

  35. SonOfZavaras on June 13th, 2011 9:42 pm

    Yarr. I still do not get fuzzy feelies when Chris Ray is in a game.

  36. kenshabby on June 13th, 2011 9:43 pm

    The only team I hate losing to more than the New York Yankees of Bronx are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

  37. Carson on June 13th, 2011 9:48 pm

    It really sounds stupid when you try it with other teams.

    The Dallas Cowboys of Arlington. The Tampa Bay Rays of St Petersburg. The Seattle SuperSonics of Oklahoma City.

  38. SonOfZavaras on June 13th, 2011 9:52 pm

    Wow, Abreu’s the type of player that just doesn’t do a whole lot wrong…but he was out by a good foot and a half there.

  39. Ibuprofen on June 13th, 2011 9:58 pm

    Disappointing game. I hate losing to the Angels.

  40. Carson on June 13th, 2011 10:03 pm

    Danny Hultzen did him some DHing tonight, but went 0-4. Virginia won, though, and is in the CWS.

    Ackley is on-deck, a chance for a 4 hit night.

  41. Carson on June 13th, 2011 10:07 pm

    Errrm. What?

  42. groundzero55 on June 13th, 2011 11:19 pm

    We need offense. Badly. Sorry Figgy….but I say we bench you, trade some prospects for Betemit, call up Ackley and have Kennedy be our new McLemore.

    Also read an interesting blurb about how Detroit might want to move Magglio Ordonez to a team wanting a DH and suggested a bad contract-swap situation. Figgy for Ordonez?

  43. Westside guy on June 13th, 2011 11:36 pm

    Also read an interesting blurb about how Detroit might want to move Magglio Ordonez to a team wanting a DH and suggested a bad contract-swap situation. Figgy for Ordonez?

    So we should trade Figgins for a guy who basically can’t play a position, who costs slightly more, and who is currently hitting worse (.168/.229/.228) than Figgins? And you want this guy at DH?

    I just want to be sure I’ve got that straight.

  44. groundzero55 on June 14th, 2011 1:36 am

    In short, yes.

    He’s been out for over a month and was playing hurt before that, so I’m not at all going to judge his hitting ability based on a low batting average right now. He hit .303 last year and has a lifetime average of .309, and even if his power is slipping at 37, he’ll still hit with more authority than Figgy, and pitchers will absolutely respect him more. He’s mainly a DH now…but he could be thrown in the outfield occasionally. Hell, we have Peguero out there now.

    Would I trade anything useful for him, no. Would I trade Figgins for him, knowing he is gone next season? Yes. It’s really not all that bad of an idea when you strip it down to pros and cons. This article seems to agree with me.

    http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/06/13/11/Could-the-Tigers-trade-Magglio-Ordonez/landing_tigers.html?blockID=532304&feedID=3701

  45. Paul B on June 14th, 2011 8:33 am

    Hmmm, if the Tigers assume the remainder of Figgins’ contract years, I think I’d be all over that deal since it would free up Mariner cash in the next 2 seasons.

    But I would bet the Tigers would want significant cash sent their way, and then I would be less interested.

  46. groundzero55 on June 14th, 2011 10:39 am

    Hmmm, if the Tigers assume the remainder of Figginsā€™ contract years, I think Iā€™d be all over that deal since it would free up Mariner cash in the next 2 seasons.

    But I would bet the Tigers would want significant cash sent their way, and then I would be less interested.

    I guess it depends. The Tigers are lucky in the first place that they aren’t paying him 15 million this year instead of only 10…he didn’t get the required plate appearances last season for it to kick in. So they should count their own blessings. But yeah….the freedom from two more years of a bad contract would be worth every bit as much as the player himself. Or more.

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