Carp Up, Peguero Down

Dave · July 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Sorry about the lack of a game thread today – moving into a new (to us, not to the world) house has basically sucked up every last bit of free time I’ve had of late. But, given how the season has been going lately, I’m not sure we needed another thread to say “hey, look, the M’s still can’t score.”

After the game, the M’s made the move I called for on Thursday, optioning Carlos Peguero back to Tacoma and recalling Mike Carp. Wedge made it sound like Carp is actually going to get to play fairly regularly this time, though I’d imagine he’ll split time between LF and DH, and if Kennedy gets traded before July 31st, DH is probably the more likely (and better) spot for him. I don’t think Carp is anything special, but given how well he’s hitting in Tacoma, it makes sense to give him a few hundred at-bats and just see how it goes. That’s what you do in losing seasons – give chances to guys who have earned a look. Carp has earned one.


24 Responses to “Carp Up, Peguero Down”

  1. TumwaterMike on July 17th, 2011 8:14 pm

    Carp that what you do when you eat a lot of fish?

  2. Gritty Veteran Poster on July 17th, 2011 8:31 pm

    The Angels get Trout. We get Carp.

  3. scott19 on July 17th, 2011 8:36 pm

    Though, while we’re on fish analogies, most of this lineup is about as frightening as a school of minnows these days.

  4. Daron Andrew on July 17th, 2011 8:38 pm

    We really need a Tim Salmon.

  5. TumwaterMike on July 17th, 2011 8:41 pm

    Though, while we’re on fish analogies, most of this lineup is about as frightening as a school of minnows these days.

    I got a whale of a laugh out of that one.

  6. Breadbaker on July 17th, 2011 8:41 pm

    The Angels get Trout. We get Carp.

    That is fabulous.

  7. scott19 on July 17th, 2011 8:55 pm

    Speaking of minnows (and the official Safeco Field “commemoration weekend”), I’ll never forget the expression the camera caught on Jose Mesa’s face after his blown save ruined the Safe’s opening night in 1999 — which looked like one of those scenes from Gilligan’s Island where you just knew the Skipper was gonna smack Gilligan with his hat!

    Would’ve LMAO’d if Lou would’ve actually done that with Mesa that night…lol! πŸ™‚

  8. djtizzo on July 17th, 2011 8:56 pm

    We really need a Tim Salmon.

    And a “Catfish” Hunter!

  9. TumwaterMike on July 17th, 2011 9:02 pm

    Remember when we had Steve Trout

  10. Sports on a Schtick on July 17th, 2011 9:03 pm

    Nice to see Carp again but the offense is sleeping with the fishes.

  11. TumwaterMike on July 17th, 2011 9:04 pm

    At least Heart gave us Baracuda.

  12. PackBob on July 17th, 2011 9:41 pm

    For all the talk about “professional ABs” by Wedge, usually using Kennedy as the example, it seemed like Peguero was up as an example of the opposite.

    No extra credit for swinging as hard as you possibly can swing on every pitch….

  13. spankystout on July 17th, 2011 9:50 pm

    I’m so happy they finally realized Peguero isn’t an MLB player….sorry no fish joke….is carp good? πŸ™‚

  14. Westside guy on July 17th, 2011 10:17 pm

    Glad Carp will be given the chance – good to see the team finally deciding to fish or cut bait with him… but, realistically, left field has got to be #1 on the list of things Jack Z needs to solve this upcoming off-season.

  15. G-Man on July 17th, 2011 10:31 pm

    I was hoping to see signs of life from Figgins today, but no such luck. They really need to keep running him out there, though, to see if he can get straightened out. No other reason to keep him on the roster.

    The Sox and Rays are still playing their Sunday night game; it’s now in the 15th inning. Quick, offer to trade them some pitching because they both play tomorrow and have exhausted their arms. πŸ™‚

  16. Ichirolling51 on July 17th, 2011 10:48 pm

    I got a whale of a laugh out of that one.

    Whales are not fish, smh…..

  17. marc w on July 17th, 2011 11:46 pm

    Wow. It’s mid-July and the M’s are swapping out Carp for Peguero, which is totally different from the time that they brought up Carp for Wilson.

    Carp’s been great at Tacoma, but so was Mike Wilson and so was Ryan Langerhans. Everyone who’s been great in Tacoma’s stunk up Seattle, with the exception of Ackley.

    Two thoughts: 1) Peguero was always a scouting call over a stat call. Dave pointed it out in his piece at mynorthwest that Carp’s been the better performer at every level. Peguero was a non-prospect coming into the year for a reason. Peguero got an exceptionally long leash for a reason. How exactly does this club handle promotions, and what does the club really think of Carp?
    2) How much of an improvement can we really expect here? Carp’s been poor against righties in short stints the past two years – he’s got 3 XBH and 21 K’s in 71 plate appearances against righties. Even if we assume he’s better than that, how MUCH better is he? If we assume he’s closer to his AAA line, wouldn’t we also have to assume that Mike Wilson’s a legitimate option too?
    3) Will this move – a move shuffling defensively-challenged semi-prospects – prevent the M’s from making a trade? Marcus Thames was DFA’d by the Dodgers less than a year off of a .365 wOBA for the Yankees. He crashed and burned in LA, but that’s somewhat understandable. I understand that the M’s should give young players a shot in a year like this, but will the fans put up with a revolving door in LF that combines to put up a .280-.300 wOBA (and to be clear: they’re going to need to pick it up big time to get to that range)?

  18. scott19 on July 18th, 2011 12:12 am

    At least Heart gave us Baracuda.

    Actually, Ann Wilson did one of the best renditions of The Star Spangled Banner I’ve ever heard before Game 3 of the 2000 ALDS vs. the White Sox. Still an amazing voice after all these years…and, since the M’s seem to have a knack for signing numerous unrelated Wilsons anyway, maybe they could bring her back once in a while during some of the homestands as the anthem singer. πŸ™‚

    Glad Carp will be given the chance – good to see the team finally deciding to fish or cut bait with him

    D’oh! πŸ˜‰

  19. Bremerton guy on July 18th, 2011 11:24 am

    Carp’s been great at Tacoma, but so was Mike Wilson[.]

    It’s not like Wilson got much of a chance while he was up.

  20. greentunic on July 18th, 2011 12:13 pm

    I’d love to trade for a Marlin too. (the power-hitting outfielding Marlin, mind you).

  21. leon0112 on July 18th, 2011 6:14 pm

    I hope that both Halman and Carp get more ABs now. They were putting Peuguro up at the plate enough to make you cringe.

  22. regnaD kciN on July 18th, 2011 6:21 pm

    So, we’ll have a lineup with one Carp…and a whole lot of crap.

  23. OffensivelyChallenged on July 18th, 2011 6:41 pm

    So when Carp is hitting .198 will you go after him with the same viciousness and contempt? Single him out in posts? I just hope Carp gets the same treatment you have given Peguero.

  24. bookbook on July 18th, 2011 9:28 pm

    Dave, at least, has never thought much of Carp as a prospect either. (I have my hopes.)

    I can’t speak for anyone else, but I always felt the “viciousness and contempt” (read “exasperation and frustration”) was aimed at the front office and the starry-eyed fans, not the poor woefully-unprepared-to-take-advantage-of-this-opportunity Peguero.

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