The Mariners have made a conscious decision to see their minor league call-ups get as many at-bats as possible versus major league pitching. And the result of that will see Mike Carp, normally a first base/DH type, playing in left field tonight.
By the way, it’s Hair Band Night at Tropicana Field as the Rays try to up their attendance to…I dunno…18,000? Bret Michaels himself will be performing a post-game concert.
Matt Mangini will be the DH tonight, while Casey Kotchman gets playing time at first base. Yes, I know. Michael Saunders is not playing against the right handed Matt Garza. Carp is and so is Kotchman. So, if you smell a Ratt, don’t come to me. I don’t run the team. The M’s, I’m guessing because they’d never say it out loud, don’t want to punt the game by playing all call-ups and first-year players. So, you see Kotchman in there.
Before you all go running for a Warrant to arrest me on charges of bad logic, don’t worry. I know what you’re going to say. Yes, Kotchman has struggled this year. But Saunders is struggling even worse right now. Sometimes, you have to pick your Poison.
“He’s been adequate out there,” Mariners manager Daren Brown said of Carp playing left field.
OK then. Better than Living on a Prayer, one might say.
Brown said Saunders has had plenty of at-bats already this season and the team has seen a fair bit of what he’s capable of. The idea now is to give the other guys a shot.
“We want to see these guys play against major league pitching,” Brown said.
Back to Carp: “I’m all right with him out there. it really comes down to…you’ve got to hit. That’s what it comes down to at the major league level.”
Still, Doug Fister might be humming “Here I go again on my own” as he warms up on the field.
2B Chone Figgins
3B Jose Lopez
CF Franklin Gutierrez
1B Casey Kotchman
C Adam Moore
DH Matt Mangini
LF Mike Carp
SS Josh Wilson
RHP Doug Fister
C John Jaso
2B Ben Zobrist
LF Carl Crawford
3B Dan Johnson
RF Matt Joyce
1B Carlos Pena
DH Brad Hawpe
CF B.J. Upton
SS Reid Brignac
RHP Matt Garza