Game 13, Indians at Mariners
Vargas vs Lowe, 7:10 pm.
I’m going to assume that there’s something wrong with Justin Smoak that hasn’t been made public yet, because he’s not in the line-up a night after going 4 for 5, which isn’t generally how you reward a guy for his first ever four hit performance. In Smoak’s absence, Dustin Ackley is shifting over to first base while Munenori Kawasaki replaces him at second base.
Oh, and Olivo is back behind the plate, so John Jaso is getting another night on the bench, despite Derek Lowe’s career 100 point platoon split. He’s not as drastically anti-RHB as Masterson, but as a sinker/slider right-hander, he’s the kind of guy who will likely eat Olivo alive but Jaso would have had a fighting chance again. But, hey, what do we know, we’re not Big League Managers (TM). We must never question their decisions. They know stuff.