Game 47, Angels at Mariners

Dave · May 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Vargas vs Haren, 7:10 pm.

So, remember how I wrote that there’s no way that Wedge would play Liddi in left field with Jason Vargas – a flyballing left-hander – on the mound against the Angels, a line-up of right-handed pull hitters? Well, yeah, my bad. Liddi is back in left field tonight, and the odd part is that he’s not even taking Mike Carp’s spot, as Carp is playing first base and Justin Smoak is the one sitting. So, basically, Wedge went with option #2 from last night’s post, but instead of playing Liddi at first, he’s playing Carp there and Liddi in left. Carp’s a pretty lousy defender in left too, but at least he’s got a few months of experience out there and knows where the wall is. Poor Jason Vargas – I hope he’s got his change-up working tonight.

Oh, and everyone’s favorite catcher is back behind the plate as well. I’ll hold off on any kind of reaction given that Jaso may very well still be feeling the effects of that foul ball off his shoulder the other night, but, yeah, the Olivo-free roster was nice while it lasted.

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


121 Responses to “Game 47, Angels at Mariners”

  1. WTF_Ms on May 24th, 2012 9:21 pm

    Westy and Mike….you guys are entertaining! Informative AND funny. Thank you!

  2. Mid80sRighty on May 24th, 2012 9:23 pm

    Entertaining in a nails on chalk board kind of way… 😉

  3. SonOfZavaras on May 24th, 2012 9:23 pm

    We’re losing today and Figgins is still on this team.

    Bad day. Baaaaaaaaaad day.

  4. Westside guy on May 24th, 2012 9:24 pm

    Gotta do something to keep the thread going – it’s not like the team’s going to tonight.

  5. SonOfZavaras on May 24th, 2012 9:25 pm

    Is it too much to hope for that a Figgins deal is in the works and Wells will be right back up when it’s consummated?

    (I know…I know…but I’d take a working Coke machine for Figgins at this point.)

  6. msfanmike on May 24th, 2012 9:27 pm

    And collectively, we are 99 years old. But, thank you anyway, WTF

    And in regard to this game, WTF?

    And in regard to the remaining non Felix games of this series, double WTF’s are projected.

    And specific to the wells down Liddi stays decision, the baseball gods have just asked jack, WTF?

  7. Westside guy on May 24th, 2012 9:27 pm

    Would it really have to be working, SOZ?

  8. stevemotivateir on May 24th, 2012 9:28 pm

    The only way I could see Figgins traded, is in a bad contract swap. We could speculate about the next Milton Bradley to acquire.

  9. Westside guy on May 24th, 2012 9:29 pm

    Mercifully, this one is over.

  10. stevemotivateir on May 24th, 2012 9:30 pm

    Why not simply MAKE Figgins the coke machine? Give him a cart, like the vendors at safeco, and send him around. He could carry peanuts as well.

  11. msfanmike on May 24th, 2012 9:34 pm

    I am not sure I want to go “there” but does anybody else think that with the way griffey left and with the way Bradley might have been perceived to have been treated and with the drastic reduction in a certain segment of the population base not choosing the sport of baseball – is there maybe a social factor at work in some small part as to why the team still has Figgins?

  12. Mid80sRighty on May 24th, 2012 9:36 pm

    Come on Steve, you know someone would throw the money purse at him and he’d whiff

  13. Westside guy on May 24th, 2012 9:38 pm

    I… would be surprised if that was a factor, Mike.

    If it’s about color, I suspect that color is “green”. 😀

  14. Mid80sRighty on May 24th, 2012 9:40 pm

    It certainly seems Z has a hard time with sunk costs

  15. Westside guy on May 24th, 2012 9:40 pm

    Haha, Mid80s (re: the previous Figgins comment, not the “sunk costs” one).

  16. msfanmike on May 24th, 2012 9:58 pm

    Yeah, you are probably right, Westy. However, I am just about out of ideas as to what the real reason is for keeping Figgins .. and that in itself probably means there is more than one reason. The team could use an entire squadron of publicists to spin some of the decisions it has made recently. Executing their “plan” certainly isn’t the correct answer, but that seems to be the most popular one at the moment.

    By the time We have seen Liddi in LF for a few more games, Peguero will look like the Mark Belanger of outfielders. I like the kid, but not as on outfielder. I mean, who in the fuck are they trying to kid anyway.

    Hey, maybe that is their strategy! Spin that around for a while, PR Dept, it might take the sting out of the Figgins decision for about a nano-second

  17. Westside guy on May 24th, 2012 10:13 pm

    Yeah, that dive was just goofy given how far away the ball was. Maybe he tripped, but it sure looked to me as if he really intended to dive.

  18. don52656 on May 24th, 2012 10:43 pm

    Tomorrow’s headline?

    “M’s celebrate Olivo’s return with 14 K’s”

  19. paracorto on May 25th, 2012 3:27 am

    Playing Liddi in the outfield is the best way to humiliate him and destroy any self confidence he may have gained. Guess for a moment Smoak playing LF or Saunders SS, it’s exactly the same. We are not insiders but sometimes it’s really hard to understand Wedge’s decisions – given those are really his own decisions of course because I strongly doubt they are. Hard to understand this club.

  20. Paul B on May 25th, 2012 9:27 am

    Wedge had been doing a pretty good job of getting Liddi and Wells out there against lefties. Now against lefties we’ll be seeing Liddi and … Olivo. So that is a step down.

    Then, since Carp or, now, Liddi are out in left, Wedge was also using Wells as a late inning defensive replacement. Now that role falls to… Figgins?

    Oh, man.

  21. Paul B on May 25th, 2012 9:31 am

    Platooning Liddi and Carp makes sense to me, as hitters they have some similarity, and neither is ever likely to be an all star. It does require some gymnastics since they really don’t play the same position, though.

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