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Monday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Kansas City Royals

Post by Ryan Divish on Sep. 2, 2013 at 10:29 am with 13 Comments »
September 2, 2013 11:32 am

9-2 -- Mariners line-up

A different look in the outfield today featuring the same three outfielders. Abraham Almonte bumps over to center field.

“That’s where he’s played the majority of time in Triple A,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “I didn’t want to break him in center field in Houston with that park and that hill. I wanted it to be a normal setting.”

Mike Zunino is back in the line-up and catching Felix Hernandez today. Wedge knows he can’t push Zunino too much too soon after returning from surgery to remove a broken hamate bone in his wrist.

“We’ll give him a day game and then night a game and see how he feels,” Wedge said. “He’s in great shape and feels good and ready to go.”

Wedge said Taijuan Walker will get at least one start at home. So it looks as though he’ll start here in KC on Wednesday and then start on Monday at Safeco Field.

Wedge wouldn’t announce any of the coming call-ups but said there’d be about three or four more players added. One of those will be James Paxton, who was informed after yesterday’s outing, he’ll be joining the staff.

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  1. Quinault says:

    Kendrys and Saunders may be the only ones to leave that line up next season. Of course I expect to have the Mariners tender an offer to Morales. But I expect to see Carlos Peguero in RF/DH next year.

  2. Don’t understand why you’d want Peguero in RF over Saunders? The dude still hasn’t figured out how to do much besides swing as hard as he can. He’ll hit some home runs. He’ll also strikeout a ton, not walk as much as you’d want out of that type of player, have a low average, and play below average defense. Of that’s all we’ve ever seen from him anyways IMO.

  3. westside_guy says:

    Peguero? I hope that was a joke.

    Even my opinion of Zduriencik isn’t THAT low… And I want him fired!

  4. Quinault says:

    Well, Mike Morse is not expected to come back (swing hard sort of guy). Jason Bay never got it going (now gone). Raul put up good numbers, but still was not traded to a good team heading towards the playoffs (and has now fizzled and ran out of gas). Chavez is all glove. Saunders is only signed through this year.

    The pattern has been to rebuild from within. Almonte looks like a keeper (switch hitter with speed). Guti will go away. Robinson & Thames already have.

    Should Morales walk [and we tender an offer / get a draft pick], we will have a power void. Seager is the next in line for power and his 20 HR’s are legit. But who else is there? Smoak? No.

    This isn’t Fantasy Island, this is the business of baseball.

  5. Saunders is arbitration eligible. He is not a free agent. He won’t be until 2017.

  6. Quinault says:

    Oh, I forgot that Montero returns from his PED suspension next year. He would be in the power mix [although he really has not shown it so far] [and if it did turn out to be chemically induced, then no].

    If Saunders continues to work in the off season to shorten his swing, maybe he can be something other than a 4th outfielder. I mean where were the stolen bases? Oh, that’s right – you have to be on base first, before you can steal. And you have to have a manager who believes in putting the game in motion as a means of putting pressure on the opponent. Hire Ron Gardenhire.

  7. Peguero has proven nothing. He has a career OPS of .622. Career slugging of .380. Where’s this power? I’ll give you that he’s only played 65 games. Peguero could only muster a .781 OPS and .460 slugging percentage in the effing PCL this season.

    Saunders has a .708 OPS this season, even with his struggles. He had a .738 OPS and .432 slugging percentage in 2012. He runs circles around Peguero both in the OF and on the bases. I just don’t get it. The M’s will have significant money to sign someone, especially if Morales walks. They’ll have more than 30 mil if they cut ties with Joe Saunders. They’re not dependent on Peguero.

    I’d rather give a Montero a shot personally. He would only have to catch and play first occasionally. Maybe not even catch.

  8. Coach81 says:

    Quinault has a man-crush on Peguero that is not rooted in evaluation of baseball talent whatsoever.

  9. Quinault says:

    Balentien currently is approaching the HR season record in Japan (he won’t be allowed to get there, as the record is by Oh). If the discussion is about pure power and we have lamented on giving up on Morse (too early), Carp (the Cubbies robbed us!), and felt that GMZ was going all in this year with the return of Raul, the trade for Morales, Morse and that we would swing for the drawn in fences. Well we sort of did it. Morse is in Baltimore. Raul has hit the 3rd most HR’s of someone his age. A higher percentage of our runs all season has come from the long ball. But they have not come from Michael Saunders. They have come from Raul and Kyle Seager. Morales has his fair share as well. So just discussing who we have in the system that can hit the long ball, Peguero jumps to the top of my list.

    And we are discussing how we have rebuilt this team and will continue to rebuild this team: cheaply through the draft. I expected that Saunders – a semi-local kid – would continue to progress. He has not. Or he has not done so in my evaluation of baseball talent / fan perspective. Maybe I am too demanding. I want results, NOW. And I am willing to give a chance to somebody else if I do not see the results I am demanding. For this discussion it is about power.

    This last month is all about giving folks their cup of coffee before we head into the off-season / fall instructional league / winter ball and of course the winter meetings. [I forgot contract talks.] So people are being tried in different positions, in different spots in the line up and are trying to impress the front office (and potentially showing their wares to perspective scouts for other teams). Positions are open. Spring training will give us a new line up (as if the roster this year was static). I just expect to see Carlos Peguero on the roster and in the line up.

  10. Should tell you something that Peguero was not brought up. The M’s have plenty of money to spend even if they keep the same budget. They have 30+ mil should they lose Morales and Joe Saunders. They don’t have to settle for Peguero, regardless of what you think of Saunders.

    And talk about not developing. That describes Peguero to a tee. The same giant swinger he has always been.

  11. Quinault says:

    So we could go into the Winter meetings with an actual budget figure to guestimate about? Marvelous!

  12. wabubba67 says:

    Balentien could always hit in the minors (Japan isn’t much different). Bring him back to the majors and he would struggle again. Peguero can’t even hit well at AAA. Blood relative, maybe??

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