Game 107, Mariners at Red Sox

marc w · July 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. John Lackey, 4:10pm

Some times, the games follow these preview scripts eerily well, and other times, such as yesterday’s, they really don’t. Brandon Workman annihilated a better line-up than he faced a few weeks ago. Today, the M’s look to erase the memory of yesterday’s ugly eyesore behind Hisashi Iwakuma. John Lackey gets the start for Boston, and the veteran is having one of his better seasons in years. The clear pattern we’ve seen in these past couple of series against the Red Sox holds true for Lackey: he doesn’t materially change his pitch mix against lefties/righties. When he was with the Angels, he had a slider that he used against righties while sticking to a curve ball and change-up against lefties. That’s a text-book, standard, pitching-101 mix, but he started throwing more sliders to lefties when he got to Boston. This year, he’s throwing even more sliders, with his change-up now a rarity. This shift in approach looked disastrous, as he was replacement level in 2010-11 (by bWAR) and then rehabbed from Tommy John surgery in 2012. This year, however, he’s walking fewer and striking out more than he has in several years. Did the slider-heavy approach cause or exacerbate his elbow injury? I have no idea, and it’s pretty pointless to speculate, but he’s striking out more righties than he even has while limiting lefties to a 3.31 FIP.

Of course, there’s plenty of luck here. His BABIP against lefties is very low, and they’re not hitting as many HRs as they have in the past. But some of everything is luck, and we can’t just chalk everything up to random variation. He’s always been effective against lefties, and lefties have always hit fewer HRs against him. In that sense, it’s kind of amazing that he’s still the same John Lackey despite the TJ surgery and throwing completely different pitches. Against righties, his fastball’s been the key to his 2013 success – he’s getting more whiffs on his four-seam than ever. He’s always had plenty of vertical movement on it, but he’s now throwing it with essentially zero horizontal movement, perhaps making it function more like a cutter. It’s a very different pitch, but Felix’s four-seamer gradually shed horizontal movement along with velocity and stayed effective (though it’s a bit more traditional this year). He’s also throwing it a bit differently, eschewing the standard “low and away” approach and keeping it elevated. Throwing the ball up can generate more whiffs, but the trade-off is generally HRs. And Lackey’s definitely been HR-prone, but with his great K:BB ratio, it hasn’t hurt him too bad.

Line-up:
1: Miller SS
2: Franklin 2B
3: Seager 3B
4: Morales DH
5: Ibanez LF
6: Morse 1B
7: Saunders RF
8: Ackley CF
9: Quintero C
SP: Iwakuma

It’s perhaps inevitable that since Brandon Workman made my preview look silly, the M’s may attempt to make my assessment of the trade market look silly too. There are all sorts of rumors that several teams have an interest in Mike Morse, though you’d have to imagine the returns wouldn’t exactly be franchise-altering. Since April 8th, Morse has played in 50 games and hit .236/.300/.385 with 6 homers. Teams will not be acquiring him for his defense. In recent games he’s been destroyed by Workman and Robbie Erlin, so teams that put a lot of value in the most recent sample (or the ‘eye-test’) may be…concerned. Who knows, though. He’s got pop, and all of the selective end-pointing in the world doesn’t change that. If someone wanted to trade a top prospect for him, that’d be peachy.

Tai Walker’s now in his first real funk of 2013, after giving up 9 hits and 4 runs in 6 IP against Omaha last night. In his last two starts, both at relatively pitcher-friendly Cheney Stadium, he’s thrown 11 innings, giving up 15 hits, 5 walks and 9 runs. Of course, he’s thrown more than 100 IP this season, and his slide in 2012 began much sooner. It’s possible that this is nothing, just two off games in a hitter’s league, and it’s possible that his poor pitching in July/August in 2012-13 are related to fatigue.

Blake Beavan starts for Tacoma, Anthony Vasquez for Jackson and Jordan Pries for High Desert. The biggest prospect on the hill tonight is lefty Tyler Pike, who gets the ball for Clinton.

Comments

109 Responses to “Game 107, Mariners at Red Sox”

  1. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 2:26 pm

    Mark….this is awesome. I am guessing the blank lineup is our formal invitation to write in who WE want to see tonight!!! Let the lineup permutation’s begin.

  2. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 3:03 pm

    Awww….you teased us

  3. WTF_Ms on July 31st, 2013 3:25 pm

    There’s still 2 First Basemen on the lineup…can we hope that Morse is at first?

  4. WTF_Ms on July 31st, 2013 3:44 pm

    I saw the line up on Shannon Drayer’s blog, and low and behold, Morse IS at 1st. Whew….

  5. Ralph_Malph on July 31st, 2013 3:54 pm

    Ibanez in LF, Morse at 1B. I guess Ibanez is in LF for his defense. Morse has a better arm, but Ibanez might have more speed.

  6. marc w on July 31st, 2013 4:02 pm

    Ok, fixed the stupid typo that had two 1Bs.

    Did it really post w/o a line-up in it? At some point, I’m going to have to learn wordpress, but I have absolutely no idea what this thing is going to do half the time. Pretty sure I scheduled the post and then filled in the line-up before it posted, but I obviously screwed something up. 99% of my problems occur when something’s scheduled, and then I make a change. Ok, ok, sorry for the first-world-blogger-problems digression.

    Go M’s!

  7. G-Man on July 31st, 2013 4:31 pm

    Frying pan with bases juiced, DP saves him, loads ‘em up again, then lined right at Morse. Just another ho-hum inning.

  8. sexymarinersfan on July 31st, 2013 4:32 pm

    Boston fans are probably like, “How in the….?!”

  9. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 4:35 pm

    Man, when Raul tanks he REALLY tanks…

  10. pgreyy on July 31st, 2013 4:37 pm

    Watching Root with the sound off and captions on. Guess they asked Raul what he thought of nobody being traded and Raul said “I like it, I love it, Got a good group here.”

    And just as they were saying “Sounds like Raul is happy where he is”–he hits into a double play.

    “Good hustle by Raul there, almost beating that out.”

    Yep. Not sure where else he’d find that type of appreciation from the fans and the media.

    (Meanwhile, my wife is in the other room…otherwise she’d have nodded in agreement at everything that was just said about Raul.)

  11. sexymarinersfan on July 31st, 2013 4:40 pm

    Carp’s BATTING .328?!? Given probably most of that is against RH however. Whatever Mike. Not a REAL ball player in my eyes anyways. Pisses me off!

  12. californiamariner on July 31st, 2013 4:45 pm

    What does everyone think about Ellsbury? He’s a guy I could see the Mariners entertaining. Probably going to cost too much for my liking.

  13. G-Man on July 31st, 2013 4:48 pm

    calif, you answered your own question. I am scared of the type of money top free agents get. He’d be great to have, though.

    He is from Oregon, so maybe he’ll take a 50% home-town discount…. not.

  14. Kazinski on July 31st, 2013 5:05 pm

    It doesn’t make much sense to have Morse at 1b instead of Smoak if you are trying to win the game. I guess it makes sense if you are trying to get Morse back in the swing of things and you know he can’t play defense in the outfield.

    Smoaks OPS against RH pitching is about .100 pts higher than Kendry’s is, and more than .200 pts higher than Morse.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a Smoak/Morse platoon if it meant seeing a lot less of Morse in the OF.

  15. sexymarinersfan on July 31st, 2013 5:16 pm

    WORTH IT!!! We NEED some kind of capable OF out there. Plus you’re gonna have to overpay to get just about anybody up here anyways, why not go for the native. I was very cold on Ellsbury at the beginning of the year, but after seeing our team develop over the season I’m convinced he’s exactly what this ball club needs. Another solid cog in the lineup.

    SS-Miller
    CF-Ellsbury
    2B-Franklin
    3B-Seager
    DH-Morales
    1B-Smoak/Morse
    RF-Saunders/Gutierrez
    C-Zunino
    LF-Ackley

  16. stevemotivateir on July 31st, 2013 5:31 pm

    That was fugly.

    Really hope we never see Morse, Ackley, and Raul in the outfield together.

  17. pgreyy on July 31st, 2013 5:35 pm

    Oooof.

  18. californiamariner on July 31st, 2013 5:39 pm

    Unbelievable defense.

  19. stevemotivateir on July 31st, 2013 5:42 pm

    Franklin may have had a legitimate gripe, but damn… these mistakes/misses/whatever are real costly.

    Iwakuma should have been out of the inning a long time ago.

  20. stevemotivateir on July 31st, 2013 5:51 pm

    You’d never know Wedge wasn’t managing this game. Maybe he is?

  21. stevemotivateir on July 31st, 2013 5:58 pm

    Wow, Raul!

  22. californiamariner on July 31st, 2013 6:01 pm

    Andino to the Pirates for a player to be named later. Doubt the Mariners get much.

  23. sexymarinersfan on July 31st, 2013 6:02 pm

    Stefen Romero will be up here to add to the OF solution/problem if you will. Might be why Zduriencik might’ve been more inclined to hold on OF options while knowing he had one already in his back pocket!

  24. californiamariner on July 31st, 2013 6:02 pm

    By the way Quintero runs like a true Mariner haha

  25. stevemotivateir on July 31st, 2013 6:10 pm

    Romero’s not on the 40 and still fairly new to the outfield. I doubt we’ll see him before September. But even if he makes the cut for 2014, they need more. Ackley’s hardly making a case for himself and Saunders is the only other one without an expiring contract.

    I do look forward to seeing Romero eventually, though. Hopefully he’ll be able to produce without looking like a train-wreck in the field.

  26. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 6:10 pm

    *sweating*

  27. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 6:10 pm

    Don’t you say my man Jackie the Z ain’t no playa. Jackie went all hot and heavy, trading major league talent Bobby A. to da Pirates. That’s taking risks baby. That’s looking BIG picture.

    (Was I the only one who forgot Andino was still on the roster?)

  28. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 6:12 pm

    Morse is an awful, awful fielder. Not that it had to be said.

  29. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 6:13 pm

    I was going to say, Andino’s on the roster?

  30. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 6:13 pm

    I believe Rizz just compared Morse’s return to Junior’s August return from the DL back in 1995.

    Seriously. He said it and there was no laughter.

  31. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 6:15 pm

    No one wanted to pick up Crazy Cousin Ollie?

    I’m sads for him.

  32. stevemotivateir on July 31st, 2013 6:15 pm

    Andino wasn’t on the roster. He cleared waivers and had been sitting in Tacoma.

    Or did I miss something?

  33. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 6:18 pm

    For whatever reason, the front office keeps trying to make Morse happen. I fully expect him to be on the roster next year.

    I did laugh when MLB TV was doing a bumper about the trade deadline and there was a brief flash of Morse.

    Whatthe? Please! We beg of you!

  34. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 6:18 pm

    Okay, Steve, how about…

    Was I the only one who forgot Robert Andino was still in the org?

  35. stevemotivateir on July 31st, 2013 6:19 pm

    Morse = Griffey…. I can see it. Both wear uniforms, played for the M’s twice -re-acquired by Z.

  36. stevemotivateir on July 31st, 2013 6:22 pm

    Ha, no. I’m sure most people forgot about him even in Tacoma.

    Maybe the biggest surprise regarding this deadline, was that we didn’t hear many bundle-our-crap-for-gold comments this year. At least I didn’t.

  37. stevemotivateir on July 31st, 2013 6:23 pm

    Great call, Sims! Morales just beat that out.

  38. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 6:39 pm

    Drayer seems to think the team’s working on bringing back both Morse and Ibañez for 2014. Wonderful.

  39. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 6:48 pm

    Seager!!!

  40. msfanmike on July 31st, 2013 6:48 pm

    Kyle Seager, AL Player of the Month … I hope.

  41. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 7:00 pm

    Medina has been one of the few bright spots in our bullpen. Not great, but has developed into a pretty solid piece moving forward.

  42. NorahW on July 31st, 2013 7:02 pm

    That is very, very depressing, Westy.

  43. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 7:03 pm

    On the other hand, Michael Saunders looks like a whipped puppy who doesn’t want to be here.

  44. SeattleSlew on July 31st, 2013 7:29 pm

    Typical Mariners game. They give you a little bit of hope then take it away in a second.

  45. Will on July 31st, 2013 7:32 pm

    Farquhar has a 5.93 ERA but a 2.18 FIP and he’s posted +0.6 WAR this year in 21 appearances. That’s called getting unlucky.

  46. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 7:39 pm

    Will, I’m pretty sure the current regime would call that not getting it done when it matters.

  47. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 7:48 pm

    Nope, defense doesn’t matter.

  48. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 7:49 pm

    We don’t catch that ball.

  49. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 7:51 pm

    Besides Uncle Oliver, the pen has been solid tonight against a very good lineup

  50. stevemotivateir on July 31st, 2013 7:53 pm

    With a healthy Morse, Ibanez starting regularly, and the addition of Ackley to the outfield, the M’s just might finish dead-last in outfield defense.

    Watch, they put Ryan out there.

  51. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 7:56 pm

    I only listened to this game until recently – has Ackley not had a good night defensively?

    I heard what sounded like it might’ve been a clank early in the game – but Rizz can’t ever bring himself to say “he blew it”.

  52. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 8:01 pm

    Ackley clanked a semi-routine fly all by Ellsbury. Franklin followed with an error. Difference in this game right now.

  53. marcus_andrews on July 31st, 2013 8:03 pm

    Is Smoak hurt? Why is Ryan hitting right now?

  54. Will on July 31st, 2013 8:03 pm

    Why is Smoak not up there right now? This is horrendous. Terrible managing.

  55. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 8:04 pm

    I love how the give Ryan’s average against the pitcher rather than his season average. Way less depressing.

  56. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 8:06 pm

    You are trying to think of late game strategy in a logical way. What are you thinking? This is all about veteran grit and “hunches”. C’mon man, get with the program. This is how we roll!

  57. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 8:11 pm

    Farquhar has been tough. I’ve been impressed with his movement and swagger as of late.

  58. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 8:13 pm

    Endy, if you get a hit right now I won’t complain about your lack of power for the rest of the month!

    Weak-hitting jerk…

  59. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 8:16 pm

    Yeah Condor!

  60. msfanmike on July 31st, 2013 8:16 pm

    How much better is Smoak against LHP – than Ryan? Therein may be the answer to Thompson’s logic in that situation. As hard as that is to believe.

  61. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 8:17 pm

    Worth napping for 4 innings….

  62. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 8:19 pm

    Mike, I’m guessing you looked up Smoak’s OPS against lefties this season. ;-)

    .479 OUCH!

    Of course Ryan’s is .486…

  63. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 8:24 pm

    Sims want to go back to the hotel and soak his feet.

    “That’s all kinds of trouble–oh, it’s not.”

  64. msfanmike on July 31st, 2013 8:25 pm

    Yes, I was referring to this season. Thompson is “saving” Smoak for a really big situation. He will let him be first in line to the team spread after the game.

  65. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 8:27 pm

    I was just going to mention that Quintero doesn’t look half bad behind the plate. Never mind.

  66. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 8:32 pm

    Okay….lets think positively. Quintero, Miller and Franklin coming up. Quintero pops up. Miller doubles. Franklin does something good because he won’t go 0-7 tonight. C’mon baby!

  67. G-Man on July 31st, 2013 8:37 pm

    I have a knack for recording a game that goes into long extra innings. At least I’ve figured out that I should (1) extend the recording time – 1.5 hours this time, and then (2) turn it on when I get home, long after the recording stops, to see if it is live in extras.

    So I’m good tonight.

  68. Kazinski on July 31st, 2013 8:37 pm

    Saunders OPS by month this season:

    Mar/Apr .789
    May .578
    Jun .569
    Jul .894

  69. stevemotivateir on July 31st, 2013 8:38 pm

    There we go! Now, if Miller can just steal second, third, and home….

  70. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 8:39 pm

    And right there’s a stat for someone, anyone, in the management to try and grasp.

    The Red Sox bullpen threw 87 pitches and the Mariners’ has thrown 114. Get a freakin’ clue about patient hitting and it’s overall costs and rewards!!

  71. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 8:41 pm

    Miller caught a break there.

  72. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 8:42 pm

    Yeah, but the Mariners get nuthin again.

  73. msfanmike on July 31st, 2013 8:44 pm

    No need to fear – Brendan Ryan’s next at bat is near.

    Either that, or the game doesn’t get that far.

  74. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 8:44 pm

    Saunders may have simply sucked in May and June. However it’s also possible he was playing hurt after coming off the DL, and has only recently made it back to 100%.

    I’m also open to the possibility he has an evil twin.

  75. SeattleSlew on July 31st, 2013 8:45 pm

    Blowers: Do you know who was the last Mariner to hit above .300?

    Sims: I don’t know, Raul Ibanez?

    Dave Sims is the definition of a moron. He doesn’t know much about the team, he doesn’t know much about the city, or about the game. He does seem to know a lot about hats though. It baffles me that someone like that can be a broadcaster.

  76. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 8:46 pm

    Why now, but not back in the twelfth with Smoak? Forget the comparable OPS numbers, Did they really forget how bad Ryan is when hitting in any situation?

  77. msfanmike on July 31st, 2013 8:50 pm

    Sweet!

  78. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 8:50 pm

    Wow!

  79. Slats on July 31st, 2013 8:50 pm

    Condor!

  80. Section329 on July 31st, 2013 8:50 pm

    Condor!

  81. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 8:50 pm

    WOW!!!!!

  82. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 8:51 pm

    I hope Quintero gave Snyder a slap to the teeth with that ball for his bush-league WWF move of stongman posing after almost ripping Franklin’s arm off on a slide. And the out was nice too.

  83. Kazinski on July 31st, 2013 8:51 pm

    Thank god Thompson pinch ran for Morse, and moved Ackley to first.

    That move saved the game right there.

  84. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 8:53 pm

    Ryan????

  85. msfanmike on July 31st, 2013 8:54 pm

    Yeah, with Ackley in CF – this game would have been over.

  86. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 8:59 pm

    Too bad we don’t have a pinch runner available now.

  87. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 9:00 pm

    What are you talking about? Ibanez is one of the fastest men on the team!

  88. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 9:00 pm

    What??? You don’t like Harang’s speed?

  89. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 9:01 pm

    Oh poop.

  90. Kazinski on July 31st, 2013 9:02 pm

    You have to give Raul some credit, despite his obvious shortcomings in the field, its the 15th inning, he’s 41, and he doesn’t look like he doesn’t look any worse for wear than he was 10 innings ago.

    He gambled and lost that was going to drop, but he never would have had a chance to score if he had held up.

  91. absolutsyd on July 31st, 2013 9:03 pm

    So, unassisted double plays from outfielders can’t be common…

  92. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 9:04 pm

    It ends here. Tired pitcher and the Little Squirrel at the plate.

  93. Longgeorge1 on July 31st, 2013 9:04 pm

    If everyone on this team played as close to their potential as Raul this would not be a bad team. Hell if they just showed up like Raul we would be a lot better

  94. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 9:06 pm

    I don’t blame Raul much for that DP – Gomes made a sick catch to rob Condor.

  95. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 9:06 pm

    Refresh. It ends here. Tired pitcher and Big Papi at the plate.

    Oh, it doesn’t!

  96. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 9:12 pm

    Oh man this is not good..

  97. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 9:12 pm

    Hey, time for the Bartender!

  98. Longgeorge1 on July 31st, 2013 9:13 pm

    If we lose this game on 4walks I’m gonna kill something

  99. Longgeorge1 on July 31st, 2013 9:15 pm

    FUUUUUUUCK (7 u’s)

  100. Section329 on July 31st, 2013 9:15 pm

    Need a complete game from Felix tomorrow.

  101. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 9:16 pm

    Juneau, I thought you were talking about Wilhelmsen – but I think I need a bartender right now.

  102. Longgeorge1 on July 31st, 2013 9:16 pm

    It’s already tomorrow in Beantown

  103. JasonJ on July 31st, 2013 9:18 pm

    So Mariners…

  104. juneau_fan on July 31st, 2013 9:58 pm

    I don’t usually do that whole ‘they look like losers’ but all you had to do was look at the faces and body language on the two teams to see who expected to win.

  105. Eastside Suds on July 31st, 2013 10:11 pm

    That is the difference between experienced, mature teams and mostly young AAA call-ups/”rookies”. We will get there, but the “process” is painful to watch at times.
    A wise coach once told me, “The only feeling better than winning, is knowing you will”. Mature, successful teams have that. We don’t. Yet…..

  106. eponymous coward on July 31st, 2013 10:24 pm

    And we now see why this is going to be a bumpy road.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130731&content_id=55404528&notebook_id=55406172&vkey=notebook_sea&c_id=sea

    While the Mariners could lose those key veterans without any return, Zduriencik says there is a benefit to keep them for the final two months.

    "When you let a guy leave, it's harder to get a guy back," he said. "Once you break your marriage up and you want to go back and ask that player to come back, it's much harder to do. He probably feels somewhat betrayed. Now you have to start all over again.

    "Having these guys here — certainly they have the right to walk — but we also have the first right to re-sign them if we choose," he said. "And I think that's important to a player, especially if they like Seattle. If they are saying, 'I'd like to be part of this thing going forward. I like what's going on. It would be great.' Who knows, we may have the inside track on some of these players back here. That was a little bit of the thinking as well."

    In that vein, Zduriencik said he's had communication already with some of the pending free agents.

    "I think some of the players understand how we feel about them," he said. "I've had indirect conversations with them. Some I've had direct, quite frankly. But I do think as we move forward from now til the end of the year, that will accelerate as we get closer to the end."

    Can’t wait to see an OF with Morse and Ibañez in it on Opening Day 2014…

  107. Westside guy on July 31st, 2013 11:05 pm

    Well, I can always hope he’s only talking about two guys, and one of them is Kendrys Morales… :-)

    Not that I want to see either Raul or Morse back – but having one of them wouldn’t be nearly the problem that having two of them is. And if I want to be charitable, maybe Z is smarter than I usually give him credit for, and maybe he sees that he made a mistake bringing so many 1B/DH types in…

    And maybe the Mariners will give me a free puppy…

  108. eponymous coward on August 1st, 2013 10:53 am

    If Morales gave us a decent price, OK. His agent’s Boras, though (read: probably wants to let him go to the market and watch what happens during the bidding).

    A bidding war for a 30 year old 2-4 WAR DH with some injury history and old player’s skills doesn’t strike me as a war the M’s should want to win (it would likely backfire ala Richie Sexson unless it’s a short term kind of deal, and this is Morales’s first FA contract, so I suspect he wants a payday). The guys who the M’s are more likely to get back at a price acceptable to them (because they aren’t very valuable players, and the M’s probably think they are more valuable than the market) are Ibañez and Morse.

  109. Westside guy on August 1st, 2013 11:45 am

    If the price weren’t too high, I wouldn’t mind Morse in Morales role.

    Frankly my issue with Morse and Ibañez has more to do with how they’re used, not with them personally. But we can’t really separate the two (meaning whether they’re on the roster vs. whether they’re playing the outfield regularly) since Wedge obviously doesn’t value defense in the corners – if they both come back, he’ll keep running them out in the field.

    I’ve heard people argue that Wedge was “forced” to use Ibañez in that role – but even during the first dozen games of the season, Raul was in left field for half of them. Nobody was injured then…

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