Game 109, Mariners at Yankees
Happy Felix Day! Hernandez vs. Kuroda, 10:05.
It’s not a huge deal, but it’s curious to have Wells in left and Thames in right. Conventional wisdom is to put the better defender in right, or especially the guy with the better arm, which in this case is Wells. However, which corner outfield position should emphasize defense can often depend on how the park you’re in plays as well. For another curious thing, Wells is hitting higher in the order than Thames, despite Thames being the guy with the platoon advantage, but that’s probably mostly Eric Wedge’s managing style of using guys conservatively when he isn’t familiar with them yet.