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Mariners will try a catcher batting leadoff

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm with 6 Comments »
May 9, 2012 3:10 pm


John Jaso

The Seattle Mariners need a win to take their series from Detroit tonight, and they need it because they’re about to open one of those grueling trips major league schedule makers love to saddle them with.

They’ll throw a lineup at the Tigers that’s unusual, even for manager Eric Wedge.

Catcher John Jaso will lead off – just the third time in franchise history a catcher has done so. The immortal Bob Stinson did it twice in 1978.

Dustin Ackley gets the night off, Jesus Montero is the DH and Alex Liddi will play third, with Kyle Seager taking over at second base for the night. Oh yes, Chone Figgins will start in center field and bat ninth

 When this game ends, the Mariners will take either a 15-18 or 14-19 record with them on a swing through New York, Boston, Cleveland and Colorado, places they have never fared particularly well.

Then they come for all of six games – against Texas and Los Angeles.

Go ahead, find the easy wins.

Here’s tonight’s lineup: 

John Jaso C
Brendan Ryan  SS
Ichiro Suzuki  RF
Jesus Montero   DH
Kyle Seager  2B
Justin Smoak  1B
Alex Liddi    3B
Casper Wells  LF
Chone Figgins  CF
Jason Vargas   LHP

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. wabubba67 says:

    Can we look forward to another game thread tonight, Larry?

  2. timeout says:

    Well what do you know–Ackley gets the night off. If Vargas could hit for Figgins, I wouldn’t mind this lineup. (Now come on, Figgins, make an ass of me.)

    Did anyone else hear Hendoo on the air with Calabro and Jimmy Moore just now? He wrapped up the conversation by telling them, “Call me again the next time you don’t know what the h*ll you’re talking about.” I guess neither of them realized that Jaso had batted leadoff a number of times in Tampa. (I just caught the tail end of it.)

    I wonder if Mitch could arrange for an on-air discussion between The Zacerbator (Baker) and Hendoo? I could go for that.

  3. FishAK says:

    Wahooooo! My day is made…Figgins is starting tonight and batting ninth. It would sure be nice to see him get a couple hits, but I am expecting the norm…0-3 with 2 k’s.

  4. Larry Larue says:

    will try to put up something inning by inning and let you guys run with it.

  5. I just don’t get why we’re hanging onto Figgins. I know there’s no talent worth mentioning in Tacoma until Pegeuro comes back, but up here Saunders & Wells are both better, at least I think they’re both over .200 & they both can play outfield D, which if Wedge had eyes, he might have noticed Figgins is incapable of.

    To those who accuse me of being too negative; other then Figgins, Olivo & Smoak, I do believe we’re moving in the right direction. By the time the kids form Jacksonville make it up, if MLB will rein in the overspending by the Axis of Evil (NY Yankees, Boston, Texas & Mexico City aka Anaheim) we could have a chance.

    I really am having a hard time letting go of Z’s HUGE ERROR in dumping Morse & LaHair & choosing Smoak over Montero.
    If we had LaHair or a healthy Morse, we’d likely be in 2nd place.

  6. wabubba67 says:

    The AA team is in Jackson, TN…not Jacksonville, FL.

    We have BOTH Smoak and Montero…the cost? 3 minor leaguers that are still struggling in the Phillies system to get Lee (which became not only Smoak but also Beavan) along with Pineda and Campos who are both on the career threatening DL for pitchers (which became not only Montero but also Noesi). Smoak will be fine once healthy and with a possible mental break down to AAA Tacoma…the Rangers rushed him through their system and he has very little time at the AAA level.

    LaHair didn’t show much during his time in this organization and he was getting old (he has started to finally produce at the age of 29). I can’t really blame Z for cutting bait there.

    As for Morse, I always thought that the guy could hit but was horribly used during the Hargrove/Bavasi years. He started out as a SS, was tainted by the steroids tests…and seemed to get 2nd class citizen treatment afterwards. Thought he should have been given a shot to be a 3B/1B type of player (though we had Beltre at the time). Perhaps a short sighted move on Z’s part…though he wasn’t Z’s player and came with a bit of baggage.

    It is time to part ways with Figgins…there is nothing more to say or do. He had his shot this year (thankfully) and failed. We will never see anything in return with a trade…and will still owe him the vast majority of his salary even if we were able to deal him. At this point, there is more value in clearing a spot on the 25 man roster than in keeping him. (We will owe him the same amount of money regardless.)

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