Game 69, Mariners at Diamondbacks
Noesi vs Miley, 6:40 pm.
Ichiro’s been awful in June, so he gets tonight off. It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like if the Mariners put up a bunch of runs tonight, and they very well could – the temperature in Phoenix as I type this is 111 degrees, and the D’Backs park is one of the best places in baseball to hit. But, no one’s going to talk about park factors or the relationship between weather and offense tomorrow if the M’s hit with some effectiveness with Ichiro out of the line-up, especially if Casper Wells has another good night at the plate. Instead, all the talk will be about how the team doesn’t need Ichiro, and how a rebuilding team shouldn’t be bothering with a 38-year-old near the end of his career.
There is an argument to be made that Ichiro doesn’t need to play everyday on this team, but please don’t act like tonight is evidence of his offensive value one way or another. Ichiro’s not in the line-up, and the offense is probably going to do better tonight than they have lately, but the former is not going to be the cause of the latter. We’ll talk about Ichiro’s playing time in a post I’m working on for tomorrow, but all I’m asking is to not play cause-and-effect with Ichiro’s absence the team’s likely improved offensive performance tonight.
Oh, also, no DH, so Wedge had to pick one catcher from among the three. He chose Montero. Yay.