Game 52, Mariners at Rangers

marc w · May 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Jason Vargas vs. Scott Feldman, 5:05

The Rangers signed Roy Oswalt today, so despite the injury to Neftali Feliz and the time Oswalt will need to build his strength, you’ve got to figure Feldman’s moving back to the bullpen in a month or so. Perhaps that would’ve happened anyway, as he’s given up more walks than K’s so far. He’s presumably still smarting from his loss to the M’s in Seattle – the Liddi Grand Slam game.

Because Wedge is so fond of match-ups, not even an ugly slump is going to keep Alex Liddi out of the line-up today. In fact, the line-up is pretty similar to the one that beat Feldman a week ago. The downside is Liddi’s back in LF, with Seager at 3B. Jaso catches today and Jesus Montero gets a start as the DH.

Jason Vargas is enjoying his best season in the majors, with an improved strikeout rate, low walks and a career-low xFIP. At the same time, he’s giving up more contact than he ever has – it hasn’t hurt him thanks to an absurdly low BABIP. Why so much contact? I really don’t know, but it looks like he’s using his change-up a bit less this season. The change-up is, of course, his best pitch by some margin.

So he just needs to throw it more? No, not necessarily. We don’t (ok, *I* don’t) know many change-ups are too many. We don’t really know how to game-theory his arsenal and what percentage would lead to the best overall results. I think too often fans just want pitchers to throw their best pitch, and the logical extension of that argument is that everyone should throw their best pitch 100% of the time. That’s only worked for Mariano Rivera. Really, I’d just like to understand the thinking and what Vargas wants to achieve (this doesn’t seem to be related to catchers, as his CH% is about the same whoever’s behind the dish). This isn’t just an attempt to placate the regression monster – I think this is an interesting research area, albeit one that may be best left to teams with their proprietary data and access to players and coaches. Is Vargas trying to limit pitches per plate appearance to get deeper into games? If so, it doesn’t appear to be working. Is Vargas trying to generate more weak contact? Tough to say if it’s working, but the folks who pay for Hit FX might know.

Anyway, here’s a line-up for you:
1: Ackley (2B)
2: Liddi (LF)
3: Ichiro (RF)
4: Montero (DH)
5: Seager (3B)
6: Smoak (1B)
7: Jaso (C)
8: Saunders (CF)
9: Ryan (SS)
SP: Jason Vargas

Comments

139 Responses to “Game 52, Mariners at Rangers”

  1. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 3:56 pm

    Okay, most of the guys I’d want in the lineup are in this lineup – so I’m going to take a deep breath (not to mention Dave’s advice) and ignore the batting order.

    Yup, I’m going to ignore the fact that Liddi is in the #2 spot against a right-handed pitcher. Sure am. You betcha.

  2. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 3:58 pm

    Oswalt signed a minor league contract?! Man, the rich just keep getting richer…

  3. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 4:13 pm

    Forget about where liddi is in the order… why is liddi in the order at all? I get that he hit a grand slam off Feldman, but watching his at bats over the last few days since then has been the most frustrating thing about games!

    He looks utterly lost and just keeps putting the same swing on every two strike curveball and it results in k after k after k. I think he needs to go to tacoma for a while, learn how to play left, and relearn how to hit a curveball.

  4. make_dave_proud on May 29th, 2012 4:32 pm

    At least Figgins and Olivo are on the bench…

    It’s pretty bad when the positive points include players not participating.

  5. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 4:34 pm

    It’s not even Liddi’s bat that scares me the most with tonight’s game…. It’s that he’s in left. I don’t know if Wedge got the memo, but the Rangers are known to hit a ball or two, deep.

  6. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 4:44 pm

    Seriously though, why is he learning left field in the big leagues? While I can understand wanting to convert him to there eventually, why go through these struggles at the big league level? The kid is 23 and didn’t destroy AAA last year so it’s not like he’s so far beyond that level that it’s pointless.

    He has the unfortunate situation of his playing time coming at the expense almost completely of two of our best building blocks (Seager and Ackley) and he hasn’t shown enough to be worth booting either of them out of the lineup. I like him but I think going to Tacoma would benefit him more than learning at the big league level with sporadic playing time.

  7. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 4:44 pm

    Seriously though, why is he learning left field in the big leagues? While I can understand wanting to convert him to there eventually, why go through these struggles at the big league level? The kid is 23 and didn’t destroy AAA last year so it’s not like he’s so far beyond that level that it’s pointless.

    He has the unfortunate situation of his playing time coming at the expense almost completely of two of our best building blocks (Seager and Ackley) and he hasn’t shown enough to be worth booting either of them out of the lineup. I like him but I think going to Tacoma would benefit him more than learning at the big league level with sporadic playing time.

  8. Mariners35 on May 29th, 2012 4:54 pm

    Think Jason Vargas is traded, a month from now? Possibly Millwood also?

  9. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 4:59 pm

    I thought for sure Vargas would be as recently as two weeks ago, but now I’m starting to lean towards no. I just don’t think he would net enough in return during the season to do it. I think if we wait until the off season after the top couple options sign, we can get as much and we don’t need to rush anyone extra to the big leagues.

  10. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 5:11 pm

    Hey, Liddi didn’t strike out!

  11. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 5:13 pm

    Vargas is probably one of those guys that Jack’s just sitting back, entertaining offers on.

  12. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 5:14 pm

    OK…I want a “tracer” thingy that shows the umpire’s strike zone overlaid on the actual tracer…I’d love to see when the ump is squeezing or opposite. Thoughts?

  13. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 5:20 pm

    Take notes, Olivo!

  14. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 5:23 pm

    I’d like to see that too, WTF.

    Or at least I’d like to see the tracer on a more consistent basis.

  15. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 5:25 pm

    I like the At Bat 12 app on the iPad, cause it shows each pitch, etc…I’ve never seen the ups strike zone though.

    I know they are graded by a group of umpires, but I’d like to see what they are using to grade, what happens when they make a game full of crappy calls, etc.

  16. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 5:30 pm

    JASO!!

  17. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 5:30 pm

    JASO!!!

  18. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 5:30 pm

    Jinks!

  19. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 5:31 pm

    That will be my first purchase after I get an iPad. :-D

  20. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 5:32 pm

    If they’re making a game full of crappy calls, I don’t really think it’s crappy. Well I guess I should say if they’re consistently calling the same “crap” the same way I don’t think it’s bad. If a guy is consistently tight, or consistently gives pitches below the knees, I don’t think it’s so bad. It’s more the inconsistency that kills.

  21. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 5:40 pm

    UZR talk: Progress!!!!

    “NO ERRROORRRRSS!”: Never mind

  22. msfanmike on May 29th, 2012 5:57 pm

    Somewhere in that dugout, I get the feeling that Mike Carp will lose about 12 pounds tonight sweating bullets. Below average defenders who are playing sporadically and out of position, while hitting #8 when they do play – have a firm grip on nothing. It’s sad to see, but he has not yet been able to make any kind of case for himself and it has to be gnawing on him. I hope it doesn’t ruin him.

  23. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 5:58 pm

    Seager!

  24. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 5:58 pm

    Thats what I meant by “crappy”.

  25. Adam S on May 29th, 2012 5:58 pm

    In strange managerial “strategies” (see prior thread), I’ve never understood the Liddi love fest from the Mariners.

    With Smoak and Montero struggling, I see giving either a day off to get Liddi a few at bats, especially against a lefty. But actually trying to find ways to get Liddi in the lineup by sitting Ackley or a major league left fielder is crazy. He strikes out 40% of the time and his OPS only looks good compared to the Mariners collection of AAA hitters.

  26. msfanmike on May 29th, 2012 5:59 pm

    Yeah … Seager is a pretty nice player to have around. Hopefully his mini slump is over.

  27. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:02 pm

    Totally agree, Mike. I hope Carp is taking notes on Jaso.

  28. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 6:03 pm

    Do it again, Jaso.

  29. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 6:04 pm

    That’s not what I was referring to…

  30. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:07 pm

    Geez, Sims is an idiot.

  31. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 6:07 pm

    hahahah, love it when the broadcasters are fooled!

  32. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 6:07 pm

    Sims, don’t call it GONE! Until Ichiro gives up on it.

  33. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:08 pm

    Sims is ALWAYS fooled!

  34. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:09 pm

    That should be the obvious clue, WTF! When Ichiro is still facing the field, there’s probably a good chance he has a play on it!

  35. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:15 pm

    Ryan! Nice!

  36. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:21 pm

    Nice job of laying off that pitch

  37. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:21 pm

    spoke too soon

  38. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:23 pm

    Make ‘em pay, Monty!

  39. texasmarinerfan on May 29th, 2012 6:24 pm

    Lets go Jesus!

  40. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:24 pm

    That’ll work!

  41. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 6:32 pm

    Really would have liked to see Seager take a strike there. I know he was looking for a pitch he could drive and thought that was it, but Ross had missed twice and one of them by a long ways. I’d want to see him prove he can throw two strikes in a row.

  42. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:36 pm

    Wow, how was that not called a strike?

  43. momo2119 on May 29th, 2012 6:36 pm

    That missed strike call better not cost us

  44. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 6:37 pm

    The ump is still stunned from Beltre’s mistake.

  45. meeksfred on May 29th, 2012 6:38 pm

    Man, blue is all over the place right now.

  46. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 6:39 pm

    Wow, looking at that tracer makes this look like a very frustrating at-bat. Don’t want to jinx it but it looks a lot like the Delabar at-bat where he almost had to come across the middle to get a strike.

  47. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:40 pm

    ^understatement

  48. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 6:40 pm

    Crap.

  49. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:41 pm

    The first pitch to Gentry was a strike, too.

    Great DP!

  50. meeksfred on May 29th, 2012 6:41 pm

    wow, great D

  51. Westside guy on May 29th, 2012 6:41 pm

    Oh, man, we lucked out after that bobble.

    GREAT play by Ackley, making that throw.

  52. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:43 pm

    I can understand when borderline pitches aren’t called strikes, if there’s consistency, but tonight…. he’s missing pitches Clearly in the zone.

  53. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 6:43 pm

    Just throwing this out there, the Orioles are starting Wilson Betemit in LF and Steve Tolleson (who is this?) at third base today. Think we could interest them in a guy who can play both of those positions??

  54. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 6:44 pm

    Also, I think Ackley was the star of that play not Ryan. I appreciate that Ryan is great defensively but that was a spectacular turn by Dustin.

  55. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 6:45 pm

    haha Marcus

  56. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 6:54 pm

    That one was a no-doubter off the bat and yet it took Sims the whole time to figure it out, yet the one that looked off the end of the bat right away he called gone right away.

  57. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 7:09 pm

    Carp couldn’t have a better set of pitches to make contact with…only one even close to out of the zone.

  58. msfanmike on May 29th, 2012 7:15 pm

    Hey, a base running error. Stunning.

  59. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 7:16 pm

    In the past two days, we’ve had about 4 base running blunders.

  60. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:17 pm

    That’s a really bad mistake there by Ackley. Seager on deck and he’s been swinging the bat really well today. Shame for the inning to end there.

    Also, judging by who’s warming up, it looks like Wilhelmsen is our “closer” for the day if it gets there.

  61. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 7:24 pm

    Bad choice to take Vargas out. Let him finish it out. Kelley will blow it in this batter. Two run homer, mark my words.

  62. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 7:29 pm

    Whew…glad to be wrong.

  63. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:32 pm

    I really thought that ball was going out, just barely stayed in.

  64. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:33 pm

    Props to Seager! Nearly knocked it out. Funny that Sims stayed silent this time :P

  65. Slats on May 29th, 2012 7:33 pm

    Seager!

  66. G-Man on May 29th, 2012 7:33 pm

    Sims speechless?

  67. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:33 pm

    Smoak!

  68. Slats on May 29th, 2012 7:34 pm

    Nice Smoak!

  69. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:34 pm

    Yeah, G-man. You could tell he was holding off from calling anything til he knew for sure. No excitement in his voice.

  70. Slats on May 29th, 2012 7:35 pm

    Please don’t stuff this up Datz.

  71. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:35 pm

    Jaso comes through again!

  72. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:36 pm

    You know for all the old school things Wedge seems to embrace “clutch” doesn’t seem to be one because Jaso has defined that and it hasn’t earned him much more playing time.

    Predicting a sac bunt from Saunders here!

  73. Slats on May 29th, 2012 7:36 pm

    Jaso is hot tonight!

  74. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 7:36 pm

    Maybe Datz learned?? And if Jaso doesn’t get more playing time, there’s something wrong.

  75. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:39 pm

    I’d like to see a hit & run.

  76. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:40 pm

    Haha! Condor!

  77. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:40 pm

    I don’t think we should hit and run. Way too slow on the bases, if he misses (which Saunders does a decent amount) we run into an out.

    Yeah Saunders!

  78. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:42 pm

    Jaso isn’t slow. Smoak was on 3rd. If Smoak was on 2nd, I certainly wouldn’t have wanted that. Not that it matters now, cause they didn’t do it.

  79. Slats on May 29th, 2012 7:43 pm

    Come on Ryan!

  80. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:43 pm

    Smoak was on second, otherwise he would have scored on that hit…

  81. jmcwalter on May 29th, 2012 7:44 pm

    Way to go Wedge, no bunting!

  82. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:44 pm

    Oh, did I miss that? I’ve been peakin’ at the tv from the kitchen! I thought Smoak was on third.

  83. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:46 pm

    Yeah, I see Smoak IS on 3rd now. Bad read on my part.

  84. Slats on May 29th, 2012 7:46 pm

    Thanks Elvis!

  85. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:46 pm

    Nice!

  86. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:46 pm

    Yeah Smoak was on second for sure. That’s why I figured they would bunt. First and second no outs is just asking Wedge to do it. Like WTF earlier, I’m very happy to be wrong.

  87. msfanmike on May 29th, 2012 7:47 pm

    What a break! Smoak intimidated Andrus with his speed down the line

  88. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:47 pm

    Sorry, I replied to yours before I had seen that you already noticed.

  89. meeksfred on May 29th, 2012 7:47 pm

    Good AB’s this inning

  90. Slats on May 29th, 2012 7:48 pm

    Ack attack!

  91. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:48 pm

    I know it’s an extremely small sample size, but did you see Ackley’s bases loaded stats right there? 7-9 with 13 ribbies?? Jeez! Make it 8-10

  92. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:48 pm

    haha, no worries. I’m grateful for the explanation. Everything makes sense now. Tryna do a few things at once here!

  93. msfanmike on May 29th, 2012 7:48 pm

    Nice AB by Ackley!

  94. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 7:49 pm

    Datz is being conservative tonight!

  95. Slats on May 29th, 2012 7:49 pm

    Yeah I saw that! Career 8-10 with bases loaded for Dustin.

  96. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:49 pm

    Yeah, it is kind of a surprise Wedge didn’t put the bunt on.

    Ackley!

  97. Slats on May 29th, 2012 7:49 pm

    Carp!

  98. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:50 pm

    I know the Rangers aren’t the best team defensively but normally they are at least average. We have had some serious breaks today.

  99. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:50 pm

    Wow. WOW. Ok, I gotta sit down and enjoy this inning!

  100. Breadbaker on May 29th, 2012 7:50 pm

    That was a close play at second.

  101. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:50 pm

    Ooohhhh Ackley was out there for sure.

  102. Slats on May 29th, 2012 7:50 pm

    Will Ichiro ground into DP?

  103. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:53 pm

    Well based upon his previous results with RISP I’m sure he couldn’t get a hit here. I mean look at his stats over the last 3 weeks!!!

  104. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:53 pm

    We’ll call it even for the non-strike calls with Vargas.

  105. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:54 pm

    What more proof do we need that Ichiro can’t come through in the clutch?!? I mean a sac fly? He gets hits all the time but can’t right then??

  106. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 7:54 pm

    Wow…Ryan going again! Living dangerous!

  107. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:54 pm

    Sometimes, everything just works.

  108. Paul B on May 29th, 2012 7:57 pm

    Marcus, fewer question marks, more stats to support your assertion.

  109. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:58 pm

    I know Seager has been struggling (before today) but I’ve been really impressed by the at-bats he’s putting up for the most part. He’s not pressing trying to hit the first strike he sees (I’m looking at you Alex Liddi) but waiting on one he can drive and working quite a few walks.

  110. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 7:58 pm

    Paul I was just kidding, sorry if I didn’t make that clear haha.

  111. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 7:59 pm

    If this were the Twins, or the Rockies, I’d feel sorry for them. But the Rangers….

  112. G-Man on May 29th, 2012 8:00 pm

    Jeez, that half-inning, the Rangers played like – like the Mariners.

  113. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 8:00 pm

    Steve, I agree, hard to feel sorry for them. :)

  114. Paul B on May 29th, 2012 8:01 pm

    This is about 3 or 4 games’ worth of hits for the Mariners.

  115. Paul B on May 29th, 2012 8:06 pm

    Sorry Marcus, missed you were being satirical.

  116. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 8:07 pm

    So I know that UZR needs a larger sample size to be considered too viable, but Carp is on pace for a very respectable 10.4 UZR over 150 games, and Figgins is on pace for -42.5 in Left… The eye test seems to back up that he’s a horrible left fielder as well.. So why is he our defensive replacement??

  117. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 8:09 pm

    ^Because Wedge hates Wells?

  118. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 8:11 pm

    Do we really have a regular left fielder? Seems more that we have 3 back-ups filling in for Saunders, while he fills-in for Guti.

  119. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 8:12 pm

    Ad because Wells is in Tacoma? But I get your meaning. :(

  120. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 8:12 pm

    And for a larger sample size, over his career Figgins has had a -28.7 UZR in left field. In other words, he’s never been a good outfielder so why must we pretend like he is? Oh yeah, gotta get all the value we can out of that contract right?

  121. Paul B on May 29th, 2012 8:13 pm

    Liddi is inexperienced, Carp is slow, Figgins is meh.

    so, yeah.

  122. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 8:14 pm

    @WTF

    The point was that Wells is in Tacoma because Wedge hates him! Kidding of course.

  123. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 8:14 pm

    I understand that we don’t have a “good” left fielder and completely agree. We have a 3b masquerading as a LF, a 1B who tries his best, and a utility guy with no arm. I’m just saying we should be able to recognize at the very least that Figgins isn’t good enough to warrant inserting strictly for his defense.

    Also, I’m still bitter that he’s still here and Wells is in Tacoma so this is adding to why I’m arguing so vehemently.

  124. WTF_Ms on May 29th, 2012 8:15 pm

    Steve, I gotcha…

  125. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 8:16 pm

    Wow, Halladay’s out 6-8 weeks.

  126. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 8:16 pm

    Totally get it and agree Marcus.

  127. The_Waco_Kid on May 29th, 2012 8:18 pm

    This game has been the shot of positivity I so desperately needed. The next step is for them to spread the runs out more evenly.

  128. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 8:19 pm

    Nice job Saunders.

  129. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 8:25 pm

    Keep wondering if Zunino will be available for the Mariners on the 6th. The more I see on him, the more I like him.

  130. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 8:27 pm

    I would bet a substantial sum of money that Zunino is available. I believe that Appel will definitely be one of the top two picks and then Buxton, Correa, Gausman, and Zimmer all have as good or better chance of filling other spot as Zunino.

    If I had to guess I would say the Astros go Appel and the Twins are too tempted to pass on Buxton despite not being their ideal fit.

  131. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 8:32 pm

    I would guess the Astros go for Buxton and the Twins go for Appel. But I don’t think Correa or Zimmer are likely to go ahead of Zunino. Maybe Gausman.

  132. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 8:36 pm

    I don’t think they’re “likely” to go ahead of him. But the Astros were reportedly “blown away” by Correa’s workout with them and could view him as the highest upside. The Twins would like to go with a college arm if possible so if Appel goes one, I would think that they’d be torn between Gausman, Zimmer, and Buxton.

    Now all things equal, I’m not saying those guys should go ahead of Zunino, I’m just saying with the board the way it is, I would be more surprised to see Zunino gone at our spot than Correa or Gausman, and about equally surpised to see Zimmer gone.

  133. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 8:47 pm

    It will be fun to see. I was convinced the Mariners would have Rendon or Cole at this time last year. Hultzen being on the map, but not likely. Ya never know!

  134. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 8:50 pm

    Very true. I really am far from certain and I think there are about 4 possibilities for us but I could be entirely off.

  135. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 8:59 pm

    Imagine if Zunino was drafted… Do we end up with a Montero/Jaso/Zunino rotation at C and DH? That doesn’t sound bad!

  136. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 9:02 pm

    I don’t think we’d see Zunino this year. I think he would start in either High Dessert or Jackson and maybe moves up to Tacoma by the end of the year. I think he’ll be given every chance to make the roster next year but I don’t he plays for us this year.

    Again, I could be entirely wrong but that’s my guess.

  137. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2012 9:06 pm

    Oh, I doubt we’d even see him next year. Maybe in September. But 2014, sure. Of course Jaso could be gone by then. Just speculating a little!

  138. marcus_andrews on May 29th, 2012 9:12 pm

    Oh if we’re talking that far in the future, I believe that we’d have Zunino as our catcher with Montero getting the occasional start but being mainly a DH. I’d also guess that we have a third catcher (possibly Jaso, perhaps one of our 29 catchers in our minor league system) so that we avoid the DH in the field issue that everyone has been so worried about this year.

  139. Slats on May 30th, 2012 8:03 pm

    Smoak!!

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