Game 47, Angels at 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.