Game 70, Phillies At Mariners
Pineda vs Oswalt, 7:10 pm.
The big story of the day is obviously Dustin Ackley’s Major League debut, and as expected, he’s being put in the bottom of the order to begin with. If he hits, hopefully it won’t take too long for Wedge to move him up.
The other question was how Wedge would handle third base with Ackley’s arrival. Today’s decision is to stick with Figgins and use Kennedy at DH, meaning another night on the bench for Jack Cust. It’s pretty clear that he’s on the outs here, as Wedge simply doesn’t value the base on balls, and that is Cust’s primary skill. He’s only played in four of the last 10 games, going 0 for 12 in those appearances. He already had Carp and Peguero cutting into his playing time, and now with Kennedy getting starts at DH too, the writing is on the wall – I wouldn’t expect Jack Cust to be on the roster too much longer.