Game Two, Mariners vs Oakland @ Tokyo

Dave · March 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Vargas vs Colon, ungodly a.m.

Hey, remember how Mike Carp was going to be the everyday left fielder? Not saying that Eric Wedge has already changed his mind, but Carp isn’t playing in game two, even with a right-handed pitcher on the mound. Instead, Kyle Seager is getting his line-up spot, and Chone Figgins has moved to left field for the game.

Now, this is absolutely the right move, as Vargas is an extreme flyball left-hander, so there’s going to be a lot of balls hit out to left, and Carp isn’t particularly good at that whole defense thing. You could argue for Wells in left instead of Figgins, but Seager gets another left-handed bat in the line-up against a righty, and as much as I know everyone hates Figgins, we just have to realize that he’s going to be in the line-up most days to start the season. So, it was Seager or Wells, and against an RHP, going with Seager is probably the better option.

So, kudos to Eric Wedge for this move and running out a line-up that gives the team a better chance to win, even if it forced him to bench his “everyday left fielder” in game two of the season.

Figgins, LF
Ackley, 2B
Ichiro, RF
Smoak, 1B
Montero, DH
Seager, 3B
Olivo, C
Saunders, CF
Ryan, SS

Also, despite my statement earlier in the week, no live blog for this one. The game starts in four hours and I haven’t even gone to bed since getting up this morning to watch the first one. If I do make it out of bed in time to watch Game Two, I won’t have any ability to form coherent sentences. FanGraphs is doing a live blog again, though, so you could join in on that one, or just hang out in the comments here. Or sleep. That’s an idea too.

Comments

133 Responses to “Game Two, Mariners vs Oakland @ Tokyo”

  1. Westside guy on March 28th, 2012 10:15 pm

    I dunno… an extreme flyball pitcher in a dome that I just saw described on baseballprospectus.com as an extreme hitters’ park – maybe not a good match-up for the Mariners.

  2. marc w on March 28th, 2012 10:19 pm

    The A’s shuffle their deck of AAAA 1Bs and start Kila Ka’aihue over Brandon Allen. They’ve got Josh Donaldson in at 3B as well, meaning Eric Sogard – who was oh-fer and made an error in the field despite wearing glasses – gets the day off. Jonny Gomes starts at DH in place of the lefty Seth Smith as well.

    It’s been two games, but it looks like the A’s are going to platoon a hell of a lot more than the M’s.

  3. griffin on March 28th, 2012 10:54 pm

    I realize Seager had a pretty good spring correct? Isn’t it kind of weird he is batting 6th? Maybe not, I just figured he’d be batting a little later.

    Here’s to hoping Smoak, Montero, and even Olivo can get some hits put together!

  4. SeeSection on March 28th, 2012 11:39 pm

    I was hoping we’d see Kawasaki play today with a RHP on the mound. Seeing as we’re in Japan for only one more game and all…

  5. just a fan on March 29th, 2012 12:28 am

    I did not realize until yesterday’s game how much I hate Figgins. I hope he’s terrible. I don’t care if his being good saves the club some budget room. I don’t care if his being good wins us the World Series. Ok, I would be cool with it then. But otherwise, No.

  6. _David_ on March 29th, 2012 12:37 am

    Carlos Peguero up, Carp to DL with sprained shoulder, from Churchill twitter.

  7. EverettMsFan on March 29th, 2012 12:48 am

    Peguero eh…sigh.

  8. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 1:04 am

    They’re falling like flies!

  9. CCW on March 29th, 2012 1:23 am

    Why aren’t these games at 1:00 in the afternoon in Japan, i.e. 9:00 PST?

  10. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 1:39 am

    CCW-
    MLB did a great job with these games overall (snark)… Did you hear (real story here) some guys from various MLB teams in Florida came to the clubhouse early, at 5am this morning, to watch the game together, get in a “the season’s starting” mood, only to flip through the best cable/directTV whatever money can buy, find nothing, and realize eventually that the only two places with a live feed were Seattle and Oakland.

    So the first game of the MLB season wasn’t available for even OTHER MLB PLAYERS to watch, on the national level.

  11. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 1:40 am

    Just a Fan-

    “Carlos Peguero up, Carp to DL”

    Does that statement change your opinion at all of Figgins starting in LF? *laugh*

    He’s the lesser (stature) of two evils…

  12. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 1:42 am

    MrZ – I’m pretty sure the bay area didn’t have a feed, only Seattle.

  13. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 1:43 am

    Or Westy-
    RE: Carp/Peguero

    “They’re dropping pop flies!” (more apropo?)

  14. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 1:45 am

    Westy-
    That’s worse… Seattle was the only market with coverage? They were planning on doing the same thing for this morning’s game, but after enough player complaints are showing it now (I think on MLB? Somewhere…)

  15. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 1:52 am

    Hehe, dropping pop flies…

    I was thinking maybe this was God’s way of punishing people who complained about Carp’s routes to the ball – “You think CARP takes bad routes? Well, enjoy yourself a little PEGGY for a few weeks!”

  16. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 2:05 am

    Go M’s!

  17. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 2:07 am

    Man, Bartolo Colon is heavy!

  18. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 2:14 am

    I am bummed at the lack of glasses in the A’s starting lineup.

  19. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 2:31 am

    Jack has to be looking hard at outside sources for an outfielder.

  20. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 2:32 am

    Weeks looks like he’s in high school.

  21. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 2:36 am

    It’ll be interesting to see who gets the bulk of playing time in left – Wells or Figgins.

  22. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 2:40 am

    I’d guess wells will get the starts with LHP.

  23. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 2:43 am

    Kinda funny that we all wanted to see Figgins shipped, but right now, he probably is the best option as the fourth outfielder. Peguero, Robinson, and Wilson are all pretty equal to each other, none being realistic options. Then again, that never stopped this team before!

  24. Breadbaker on March 29th, 2012 2:43 am

    14 innings of baseball have been played in 2012 and we’re still looking for our first walk (either by us or issued by us). Opening Day 2001, Edgar had four walks.

  25. just a fan on March 29th, 2012 2:45 am

    MrZ – I would take Peggy over Figgins. Comedic value. I know somebody who insists Peggy is just fine out in LF — he catches what he gets to!

    I like that Wells isn’t playing because he’s got platoon issues, but he’s better v. RHP than Figgins.

  26. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 2:47 am

    C’mon, SOMEONE get a hit!

  27. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 2:49 am

    This guy’s strike zone seems a bit generous.

  28. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 2:49 am

    ^I’d argue Wells isn’t better against RHP.

  29. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 2:51 am

    Who would have expected to see Colon pitch perfect through four? Geez

  30. Breadbaker on March 29th, 2012 2:58 am

    I’m not sure the Iron Mike pitching machine couldn’t be perfect through four against this team.

  31. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 2:59 am

    Yes!!

  32. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:00 am

    Montero! Glad to see his first hit, happier to see Colon disrupted

  33. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:03 am

    After those first couple of swings, I’m really surprised not to see Olivo strike out.

  34. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:04 am

    It’s the catcher’s caravan of hits– Montero and Olivo!

    Pinch hit Jaso

  35. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:04 am

    Perfect time for Saunders to do some damage

  36. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:05 am

    Good to see him make Colon work

  37. Breadbaker on March 29th, 2012 3:05 am

    Sorry, Blowers, no actual manager is giving Michael Saunders a green light 3-0 in this situation.

  38. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:05 am

    Wow, most of those pitches to Condor weren’t even close.

  39. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:06 am

    Seriously? Bases loaded and I’m getting “A Test of the Emergency Broadcast System”

  40. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:06 am

    CRAP.

  41. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:07 am

    You didn’t miss anything, MrZ.

    Unfortunately.

  42. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:08 am

    More I thought about it… Isn’t EVERY bases loaded situation a “test of the emergency system” with this team?

    “This is only a test… If this had been an actual scoring opportunity– we would have SCORED SOME FREAKIN’ RUNS!!!”

  43. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:10 am

    Nice catch Ichiro!

  44. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:11 am

    Did Major League Baseball really think this through? These are the two teams they wanted to be ambassadors of the American game to a world audience?

    For real?

    You’d think Colon and Vargas were leading the Cy Young voting.

  45. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:13 am

    Cespedes has been taking batting instruction from Miguel Olivo, apparently.

  46. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:14 am

    I still can’t believe they didn’t televise the exhibition games – those would’ve been fun to watch on decent video!

  47. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:15 am

    Second baseman is nowhere near the bag and Reddick dives in. Would be funny if the Japanese fans laughed at him.

  48. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:18 am

    Well, this game isn’t hurting Vargas’ stock.

  49. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:19 am

    Yeah, Vargas is looking quite good.

  50. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:20 am

    Wish we had Pitch F/X right now.

  51. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:21 am

    So, really… the A’s and the Mariners have two of the best pitching staffs each year because of playing so many games against each other– they all go 13-15 innings, and the total runs are usually somewhere between 1 and 3, for both teams combined…

    Makes sense now.

  52. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:22 am

    Don’t forget Colon…. By weight, he’s two of the better pitchers we’ve faced this year.

  53. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:24 am

    Maybe they could agree that if neither team scores in 9 innings, the game is decided by who has the most hits…

    Right now it’s a tie game: 2-2.

    (I’ve noticed I’m super cynical when I’m tired. *laugh*)

  54. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:24 am

    Hehe, the dude is awfully heavy – but he’s schooling our boys pretty badly.

  55. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:24 am

    You haven’t slept yet, have you?!

  56. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:25 am

    Nope. (ZZZZzzzzz…)

  57. Jack Howland on March 29th, 2012 3:25 am

    If anybody from Barrier Auto is online, I was wondering if they could tell me who their target audience is with their commercials.

  58. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:28 am

    ^The sleep-deprived and delirious

  59. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:28 am

    YEAH!

  60. andybrnr on March 29th, 2012 3:28 am

    Suck it, Weeks.

  61. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:28 am

    NICE PLAY Dustin…!

  62. JMB on March 29th, 2012 3:28 am

    Target audience: people who look like Paula Deen?

  63. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:29 am

    Steve-
    I made the mistake of counting on the excitement of the game to get me through 9 innings. *laugh*

  64. Swungonandbelted on March 29th, 2012 3:29 am

    Good outing by Vargas so far, now if the M’s can only give him a couple of runs….

  65. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:30 am

    Target Audience: people who look like Heat Miser from the Christmas special “The Year Without Santa”? (That’s who she looks like to me)

  66. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:30 am

    Glad I get to telecommute tomorrow… but I hope this game doesn’t go to extra innings.

  67. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:31 am

    I’ve never seen a mechanic wearing a coverall that’s been ironed.

  68. andybrnr on March 29th, 2012 3:31 am

    Target Audience: People who look like Ursula from Disney’s The Little Mermaid?

  69. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:32 am

    Smoak bomb?

  70. JMB on March 29th, 2012 3:32 am

    Why is Jen Mueller in Japan, but Blowers and Simms are stuck in the Bellevue stuidio?

  71. zzyzx on March 29th, 2012 3:32 am

    Sorry… my fault. I just woke up and that’s why there was no offense. Didn’t want me to miss anything.

  72. andybrnr on March 29th, 2012 3:33 am

    SMOAK BOMB!!!

  73. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:33 am

    Called it.

  74. Swungonandbelted on March 29th, 2012 3:33 am

    Smoak!

  75. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:33 am

    Smoak! Finally, someone!

  76. zzyzx on March 29th, 2012 3:33 am

    Heh and now SMOAKED!

  77. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:33 am

    SMOAK!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. JMB on March 29th, 2012 3:33 am

    Hat tip to Ursula… good call.

  79. Jack Howland on March 29th, 2012 3:33 am

    Paula Deen? Ha Ha! Is that an inside industry joke?

  80. JMB on March 29th, 2012 3:34 am

    YEEEEEEAAAH!

  81. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:34 am

    JMB, apparently a live video feed was going to cost too much. This way they can use the Japanese feed.

  82. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:35 am

    You’re predictions are worthless Z, you’re cheating, using delirium.

  83. JMB on March 29th, 2012 3:35 am

    Inside industry joke? Isn’t she still on Food Network? I never watch it. Thought that was a pretty mainstream reference…

  84. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:35 am

    Be fair, Steve – that’s how the ancient Oracles used to do it, after all.

  85. Jack Howland on March 29th, 2012 3:36 am

    Do Blowers and Simms really need to be at any game to do what they do?

  86. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:37 am

    Steve-
    True, but in my game we’re up 6-0… It was a 6 run homer. Delirium is fun.

  87. zzyzx on March 29th, 2012 3:39 am

    At least they’re being honest about broadcasting from Bellevue.

  88. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:43 am

    Gomes gets my vote for dumbest necklace.

  89. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:43 am

    If I hear beer cans falling over from Simms and Blowers, I might start paying attention to what they’re saying.

  90. Jack Howland on March 29th, 2012 3:44 am

    I don’t know about the Food Network, but that Croque Madame she has on her web site is looking pretty darn good right now. I have a sudden urge to buy an Audi now too.

  91. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:45 am

    Uh oh, who’s gonna pitch?

  92. Jack Howland on March 29th, 2012 3:47 am

    I wonder what the fan reaction would be like if they brought Ichiro in to pitch an inning.

  93. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:47 am

    Jack-
    I think you caught my delirium– sorry.

  94. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:51 am

    damn

  95. andybrnr on March 29th, 2012 3:51 am

    dammit.

  96. Breadbaker on March 29th, 2012 3:51 am

    Well, crap.

  97. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:52 am

    DOUBLE CRAP.

  98. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:52 am

    man, I really hope this doesn’t go extra innings again

  99. Jack Howland on March 29th, 2012 3:52 am

    Not the best pitch he has ever thrown.

  100. Hammy57 on March 29th, 2012 3:52 am

    That’s why you don’t keep throwing the same damn pitch Kelley!

  101. zzyzx on March 29th, 2012 3:52 am

    Seeing how we’re losing, I’ll take extras over a loss.

  102. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 3:52 am

    So…

    The Cuban kid can hit mistakes… That’s good to know.

    (I was just about to say “Kelley knows if he keeps leaving pitches up they leave the yard, right?”)

  103. andybrnr on March 29th, 2012 3:54 am

    did Root Sports just try and rip off the sound track to Inception with that montage?

  104. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:56 am

    For some reason it seems odd to be hearing “Blitzkrieg Bop” in the Tokyo Dome.

  105. andybrnr on March 29th, 2012 3:56 am

    Fail.

  106. stevemotivateir on March 29th, 2012 3:56 am

    double damn

  107. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 3:56 am

    Oh, man…

  108. JMB on March 29th, 2012 3:57 am

    Well this fell apart in a hurry.

  109. andybrnr on March 29th, 2012 3:57 am

    Regression to the mean.

  110. Breadbaker on March 29th, 2012 3:58 am

    The back end of our bullpen is exactly as good as advertised.

  111. JMB on March 29th, 2012 3:58 am

    Root jinxed this inning when they put up “End of 7th” on the on-screen graphic right before the two-run homer.

  112. Hammy57 on March 29th, 2012 4:00 am

    Should have left Vargas in there. Yanked after 86 pitches? Hindsight is 20/20 I guess.

  113. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 4:01 am

    Well, on the bright side– Vargas really WAS pitching pretty good, it’s not just the A’s lineup.

    Good.

  114. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 4:04 am

    Yay.

  115. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 4:05 am

    I like the whole ‘mixing up your pitches’ thing Delabar does… He should sit by Kelley and Sherrill.

  116. Hammy57 on March 29th, 2012 4:08 am

    I miss Guti already. Damnit Saunders!

  117. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 4:08 am

    The Seattle Mariners – resurrecting opposing pitchers’ careers since 2005.

  118. JMB on March 29th, 2012 4:08 am

    Rally coffee anyone?

  119. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 4:11 am

    Okay, I’m leaving the DVR running but given the way the game is going I’m going to try getting at least a couple hours sleep. Good night everyone.

  120. MrZDevotee on March 29th, 2012 4:13 am

    Good morning?

  121. Swungonandbelted on March 29th, 2012 4:16 am

    Heh, the way the game is going it’s going to be over in 10 minutes anyway with a 1-2-3 top of the 9th….

  122. zzyzx on March 29th, 2012 4:16 am

    JMB: I wonder if there are people who don’t know that the M’s are broadcasting from Bellevue who brought rally fries signs.

  123. JMB on March 29th, 2012 4:17 am

    Just had rally coffee and a rally scone. Mmm, scone.

  124. andybrnr on March 29th, 2012 4:18 am

    more fail.

  125. JMB on March 29th, 2012 4:19 am

    Oh, COME ON.

  126. JMB on March 29th, 2012 4:24 am

    Need some simple kind of baserunners….

  127. andybrnr on March 29th, 2012 4:28 am

    stick a fork in us, we’re done.

  128. Swungonandbelted on March 29th, 2012 4:28 am

    and back to bed…..

  129. msfanmike on March 29th, 2012 5:41 am

    From the perspective of having a full nights sleep and not having watched the game, the “switch” appears to have definitely been flipped in an “offensive” way.

    And from the perspective of only having read enough of the thread comments to get a flavor of events without an excessive amount of detail: should someone start making a case to move the fences in at the Tokyo dome? Apologies if someone has already mentioned it previously.

    Non Ichiro’s in the two game series: 8 for 51 … If early morning math skills are functioning correctly.

  130. Mariners35 on March 29th, 2012 6:42 am

    Thank goodness there’s another week of spring training for the boys to work out that whole “drawing a walk” thing.

    Or, even accounting for the b.s. strike zone, that whole “being able to foul off pitches and work counts against mediocre second-string pitchers”.

    I’m not going to overreact when there’s 159 games left, but my sentiment here is the same as it was before the trip to Japan: I don’t know if I can take another season of the team misunderstanding what Wedge means when he says “be aggressive”.

  131. Westside guy on March 29th, 2012 10:19 am

    Well, if Wedge is combining that with his other message of “Olivo is a guy who has a good approach at the plate”, I can fully understand how they could “misunderstand” his mantra on agressiveness.

  132. msfanmike on March 29th, 2012 11:24 am

    “I’m not going to overreact when there’s 159 games left,”

    Good, but save that comment until after their 3rd game. With 160 games left – there is more time to pre-plan for possible over/under reactions .. and for that, I am thankful.

  133. msfanmike on March 29th, 2012 12:30 pm

    “Non Ichiro’s in the two game series: 8 for 51 … If early morning math skills are functioning correctly.”

    Well, my early morning math skills turned out to be pure crap. The non-Ichiro’s batting line after the first two games is actually 8 for 60 (.133)

    The “Non-Ichiro’s” will probably be able to go through the rest of the season without having a 2-game batting line worse than this.

    Probably.

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