Game 77, Athletics at Mariners

marc w · June 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Kevin Millwood vs. Jarrod Parker, 12:40pm

Matinee game at Safeco for the rubber match between the A’s and M’s. The A’s start Jarrod Parker, the big prize in the Tim Cahill deal this winter. The rookie’s been brilliant in the past two months, and faces an M’s line-up that’s struggled against Tom Milone and Travis Blackley, two pitchers with less pure stuff than Parker.

Jaso catches Millwood today, but otherwise it’s nice to see something like a regular line-up take shape:
1: Ichiro
2: Gutierrez
3: Seager
4: Montero
5: Saunders
6: Jaso (C)
7: Smoak
8: Ackley
9: Ryan


52 Responses to “Game 77, Athletics at Mariners”

  1. marcus_andrews on June 28th, 2012 4:13 pm

    Also, I don’t think he’s saying Wells should be better the rest of the year becuase he has better tools, he’s saying based on past performance Wells is a better player than Saunders and thus, all things equal, would continue to be such.

    Now this argument needs a caveat because Saunders seems like a completely different player than at any point in his career but his point isn’t completely wrong and I believe you are certainly attacking him on the wrong front.

    I think that sitting Smoak for Wells or Saunders would be nice if it meant moving a 1b from DH to 1b, but both Saunders and Wells would be below average offensive first basemen, and almost definitely defensively. It’s not a “hard” position, but it hides both of their key tools (speed for Saunders, Arm for Wells) in terms of fielding. I think Montero should work at 1b next spring but I don’t think you should throw him in there now and see what happens because he has no experience there at all.

  2. stevemotivateir on June 28th, 2012 5:48 pm

    Let’s end this debate, eh? We all agree, less of Smoak and/or Olivo, is what we all wanna see, right? We have different ideas of getting there, but at least there’s some common ground;)

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