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May 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Mariners go with right-handed heavy lineup and one experimental moves versus Andy Pettitte

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Today is the day Andy Pettitte makes his return to the New York Yankees after skipping the 2011 season. The Mariners have responded by going with the best right-handed lineup they can come up with.
It includes a surprise — Casper Wells hitting second.
With Brendan Ryan looking lost at the plate and precious few options from the right side, manager Eric Wedge is rolling the Wells dice. Yeah, he has Chone Figgins, but a .154 batting average and .406 OPS as a right-handed bat wasn’t working in his favor.
Ryan is out of the doghouse, for today at least. But he’s been dropped down to ninth in the order, which is probably where he should have been all along.


About two weeks ago, when I suggested Ichiro for the leadoff spot, one of the reasons was because the team would lack a solid No. 2 presence that I beleived — and still do — Dustin Ackley gives them. Ackley has performed extremely well as the leadoff hitter, batting .320 with a .414 on-base-percentage, so that part of it is working out.
But the No. 2 hitter remains a question mark and likely will for some time to come.
Alex Liddi is in at third base for some additional right-handed thump, with Kyle Seager getting a seat today.
The lineups:
MARINERS
2B Dustin Ackley
LF Casper Wells
RF Ichiro
C Jesus Montero
1B Justin Smoak
3B Alex Liddi
DH Mike Carp
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Kevin Millwood
YANKEES
SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
DH Eric Chavez
C Russell Martin
LHP Andy Pettitte

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Chone Figgins, Jesus Montero

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