Vidya, on 17 April 2012 - 12:57 PM, said:
For TOTO bats I'm looking at OBP and speed. We currently have 5 players that could fill that role: Figgins, Ackley, Ichiro, Saunders ... In an emergency Ryan or Kawasaki could fit into that group, but no one is really arguing for them.
Of the 36 game starts for TOTO hitters, 35 have been Figgy, Ackley, Ichiro. The only substitution in those 36 opportunities was ... Liddi ... for Ackley ... for one game.
I agree that Saunders is reasonable ... but don't get at all why Kawasaki would only be considered "emergency". In point of fact, he ran .340 OBPs in Japan and stole 30 bases a year. He has no power at all, but his profile is "baby Ichiro" ... a singles hitter with speed. No, you wouldn't want necessarily want him batting second every day, but he and Saunders would be perfectly acceptable "fast" hitters for TOTO.
Moreover, Ichiro and Figgins are the two olderst position players on the roster. So, let us run the guys most likely to benefit from rest days out there 100% and let our kids who need PT rot on the bench. The 100% play rate of Figgins and Ichiro is not predictated on TOTO issues.
Note: Ackley, a TOTO guy ... has one day where he didn't play at all *PLUS* one day as DH. So, the 24-year-old 2B gets a "DH-day-off", but the two oldest guys stay in the field.
For MOTO bats the only candidates we have are: Montero, Smoak, Seager and Carp. As we all know, Carp is on the DL, so the only option Wedge might have right now is to promote Olivo into this group. That's certainly not on anyone here's list.
Of the 36 MOTO game starts available, Smoak is 12/12, but Seager has two full days off, and Montero playing nearly exclusive DH also has a day off. Liddi and Saunders picked up the MOTO starts beyond the one Carp took. So, three total substitutions here ... well, only two really, since Carp was sent to the DL after one game. In fairness, Seager didn't start game one ... which raises the question ... if Carp doesn't hit the DL, would Seager have played at all?
The pattern holds here, where the "veteran" Smoak (compared to Seager and Montero), plays 100% of the time, while even after showing a hot bat, Seager gets subbed in with Liddi for one game, and the Ackley DH-day-off is paid for by sitting Montero, (not Olivo).
Note: I am not objecting to giving Ackley a day off to get Liddi into the lineup ... I am objecting to NOT giving Figgins or Ichiro or Olivo days off to get Liddi, Wells, Jaso or Kawasaki into the lineup.
For BOTO bats we have Ryan, Kawasaki, Olivo, Jaso, Wells and Liddi. Liddi could eventually become a MOTO bat, but the time is not now. These are the options that Wedge has. It's not Wedge that's showing veteran entitlement, it's the players Zduriencik has given him. At least that's how it looks to me.
Of the 36 starts - Olivo got Tuesday night off, making him 10 of 12. Saunders 10/12 and Ryan 10/12. That's not a horrible mix ... except that you're carrying 3 catchers, and Jaso hasn't caught ANY games yet.
In the end, the big problem is the pandering to Ichiro and Figgins and Olivo. (Smoak I give a pass on, since Carp was the obvious 1B backup and hit the DL after 1 game).
All that said ... when Carp and Guti return, the lineup jugging issues get much larger. I'm thinking Guti just outright replaces Saunders, (which may not be an upgrade). But, when Carp returns that is going to seriously force the hand of management in regards to Figgins.
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