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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

May 31, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Mike Carp making an irrefutable case for a callup

On May 15, when Mike Carp hit three homers in one game in New Orleans, I put up a blog post with the headline, “Mike Carp making a strong case for a callup.”

As you can see above, I’ve slightly revised my thinking. His case is stronger than “strong.” I don’t see how the Mariners can let an absolutely torrid bat like Carp’s remain in Tacoma any longer. Tonight, in a game against Reno, he had four more hits, including his 13th double and 15th homer. (So far; the game is in the bottom of the ninth, Tacoma trailing 11-9, as I write this. UPDATE: The Rainiers lost, 11-10. ).

Overall, Carp is hitting .325 with 15 homers, 45 runs batted in and a 1.009 OPS. In May, Carp is hitting .373 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs.

The Mariners, who are winning despite a feeble offense, should give Carp a ride and see if they can reap some of the benefits of his hot streak. Before, when Carlos Peguero was recently called up, I thought he deserved a look in left, and suggested in the earlier blog post that Carp be used as the DH. Things have changed. Jack Cust is hitting much better, and Peguero has struggled mightily at the plate With an 0-for-3 tonight (including two strikeouts), he’s down to .169 with 22 strikeouts in 59 at-bats. Peguero mght be a great power hitter one day, but right now he’s over-matched.

Ah, but Carp can play the outfield, too. He’s been playing there most of the season, in fact, and has lately been out in left. The Mariners think he’s adequate defensively in the outfield, as Geoff wrote today. It wouldn’t be like he’s replacing a Gold Glover in Peguero.

The time has come: Put Carp, the hottest bat in the Mariner organization, in left field and see what he can do. He’s earned the opportunity.

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