Oh, you crazy kids…

It always amazes me how embroiled I get in each and every game, despite telling myself not to. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch a lot of yesterday’s game, but I know that Mike Carp was on fire, behaving as advertised with a 5th-inning double. Jamey Wright turned in a performance that just backs up my apprehension about his presence in the bullpen, but the offense got the job done, and we skated past the White Sox, disallowing them the sweep. We’re still above .500, and riding the LA Angels’ woes to remain only a couple games out of first place. The Seattle Mariners are in second place in the AL West. It’s liberating to even think it!

Today’s game started out as a nice pitching duel between Justin Verlander and Doug Fister, who did as well as he’s ever done, but our batting lineup was apparently not up to par. Unfortunately, I got called away during the 6th inning, but by that time the Detroit Tigers had already done the damage they were going to do to us, and I didn’t really think we were coming back. I was thinking the other day that the Mariners would make use of the guy they called up as soon as humanly possible, and they did. But maybe for today they shouldn’t have.  Sitting Justin Smoak any time is not, in my opinion, the greatest idea. As far as I’m concerned, Smoak is an everyday player, and he needs to stay in the lineup, struggling or not. I hope that I’m wrong, but I am worried that we’re going to see a bunch of lineup changes with whatever roster shifts might occur this year, and while technically I get the usual reasoning surrounding left/right matchups and lineup changes, sometimes things aren’t broken and don’t need fixing. Dave is right, that lineup was not a good idea. Will we learn our lesson tomorrow when Erik Bedard faces Brad Penny? Past experience tells me no, but the tiny optimistic voice in my heads says I sure hope so.

I don’t have much else to say about the game or the way it was played since I couldn’t watch much of it – but I do want to commend the Mariners for their recent involvement in the It Gets Better project. After the San Francisco Giants and Red Sox decided to do one, I was curious as to why, in a city like Seattle, the Mariners had not joined the fray. Well, they have. I don’t get political here because it’s against my general rules, but this is a cause I firmly believe in, and I have no problem stating that here. Good for the Mariners; it just makes me love them more, win or lose.

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5 Responses to Oh, you crazy kids…

  1. Patrick says:

    Smoak sitting might’ve just been giving him rest, who knows. I don’t think he’s been given rest except when he was away for his father.

  2. Michael says:

    They need to drop him back into the 5 hole, he’s only hitting .193 since moving into the 3 spot. Offensively this is what I would do:

    1. Ichiro (because you have to)
    2. Ryan (I actually like this move)
    3 Kennedy (consistently hitting for average)
    4. Olivo (because no one else is stepping up)
    5. Smoak
    6. Guti
    7. Cust/Carp/Halman/Peguero (depending on who is pitching)
    8. Carp/Halman/Peguero (depending on who is pitching)
    9. Rodriguez (Figgins is done in my book)

    When Ackley gets the call, he backs up Kennedy and hits 8th until he is ready. Just my two cents.

    • Patrick says:

      If you call up Ackley, he needs to start, otherwise you might as well leave him in Tacoma.

    • SodoJoe says:

      Ichiro’s 200 hit bid is out of the question, therefor, I see no reason that he has to be in the lead off spot any more. Maybe there desire to put him at number three is a good option now. How about this?
      1. Halman, lf 2. Kennedy 3b 3. Ichiro rf 4. Cust/Carp dh 5. Smoak 1b 6. Olivo c 7. Guti cf 8. Ryan ss 9. j. Wilson

    • Megan Shear says:

      Sadly – and I hate saying this – but I think I agree with Joe. Ichiro’s been held to a standard that not many players have. It’s a nice tradition, trotting him out there as number one all the time, but he’s not himself this year, and he’s the only player who never seems to face any retribution for poor play.
      I do not, however, agree that he won’t hit 200. But that is because I am weird with the faith like that. I know I’m likely wrong, but hope is a hell of a drug. 😉

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