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Mariners reach out for help – and get Smoak

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm with 12 Comments »
August 14, 2012 3:22 pm

Yes, Justin Smoak is back, and the Seattle Mariners have him.

With 1B Mike Carp going on the disabled list with a strained muscle, the Mariners brought Smoak up from Tacoma, where he’d batted .242 in 20 games. While Smoak drew 16 walks and had a fine on-base percentage with the Rainiers, he had no home runs and four RBI.

He’ll bat sixth tonight, in a lineup that features OF Trayvon Robinson batting second and Kyle Seager at cleanup. One inriguing note: Jesus Montero his 5-for-6 in his career vs. Tampa lefty Matt Moore.

Tonight begins what could  be the do-it-or-move-on portiion of Smoak’s future with Mariners. Of course, the same can be said of Eric Thames and Miguel Olivo.

The lineup:

Dustin Ackley      2B
Trayvon Robinson   LF
Jesus Montero          DH
Kyle Seager        3B
Casper Wells           CF
Justin Smoak       1B
Miguel Olivo            C
Eric Thames        RF
Brendan Ryan           SS
 Kevin Millwood         RHP

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. bbnate420 says:

    Proud of Smoak.

  2. bbnate420 says:

    Olivo should’ve hacked on the 3-1 pitch.

  3. dave8557 says:

    He doesn’t have to hit home runs if he can drive in runs. Sac Flys will work.

    Too bad the Rays got beaten by the 7 inning, 100 pitch philosophy of groupthink. Tough way to get beat in a pennant race.

  4. Just returned from the game. Couldn’t say whether Smoak has shortened his swing, but the results speak for themselves.

    I watched the rally from the left field rail, and I left the game thinking that Jaso had pinch hit for Thames. Imagine my surprise when Rick Rizzs says on the radio, Thames gets the game winner. I need new glasses. At least I had my rally hat on.

  5. bbnate420 says:

    Timeout, what moves do you think the M’s need to make this offseason? Fences, free agents, and minor leaguers? I think you’re more optimistic than me, but you seem to know baseball really well? I would be interested to know.

  6. bbnate420 says:

    Is there any chance of getting Josh Hamilton? Melky Cabrera?

  7. bbnate420 says:

    Scott Rolen, David Wright? Carlos Lee or Delmon Young?

  8. bbnate420 says:

    When I mention a 3rd baseman, I am presuming that Seager would take 2nd and Ackley would move to a corner outfield spot.

  9. bbnate420 says:

    wabubba67! 8)

  10. bbn, thanks for the compliment. However, I follow two teams closely–the Cards and the Mariners–and the rest, especially the NL teams, in the breach. So I don’t have the grasp of rosters that many baseball fans have.

    If someone could give me two Christmas presents, the first would be for Smoak to reach his potential (I thought he might be the next Teixeira; close would be good enough) and for an effective power bat. The bat would be a third baseman (Seager to second, Ackley to left) or an outfielder (adequate defensively). By power bat I mean 25-35 homers in the Safe, 90 plus RBI, no more than 115 strikeouts.

    You tell me who that player is, because I don’t know. Adrian Beltre was close enough when we had him from my point of view–good enough to hit fourth for Texas frequently–but many people felt he was over-priced, and didn’t like him. He didn’t like it here, so I guess it was mutual. Best defensive third baseman I’ve ever seen, and I saw Brooks Robinson.

  11. By the way, bbn, your post causes me to muse a little bit about the different levels of fans. I keep a scorecard during the games. Last night a twenty-fivish guy in the stands asked me, about the fourth inning, where Longoria was. “He’s the DH”, says I. “Oh.” This is the same guy who was screaming his head off at Olivo for dropping a scorched foul ball on a 1-1 count. “Hold onto the ball, Olivo!!!” I’m thinking, “What’s that all about?” I still don’t know if he knew what the count was, and that the ball had been fouled. You see every level of fan at a ballgame.

    On these blogs, you generally get a more knowledgeable level of fan, but most of us have our axes to grind. Some of us use this medium as a venting device, especially during game threads or post-game rants.

    I guess what I’m really saying in my post above is, the farm system and Z’s trades had better come through–the Ackley’s, Montero’s, Smoak’s, and various young pitchers–because that’s what management is committed to. If not, M’s fans are in for an even longer stretch of mediocrity–at best–than we fear. This team can’t be fixed through free agency if a good percentage of the young players don’t deliver. If they need more than one or two major pieces through free agency, all of us M’s fans are in trouble.

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