Please do something! Anything!
Just as April showers come May flowers, a new month is time for a fresh start. Jack Zduriencik take note. Many teams are starting to shake things up including the Angels who released veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, the Indians who signed Johnny Damon and the Rangers threw Neftali Feliz back into the bullpen.
This being Eric Wedge’s second year in, he should by now be able to show us how to be more decisive and bold with his Seattle Mariners team.
Changes were likely but with Miquel Olivo, the club’s primary catcher, out with a serious groin injury and the recall of starting left fielder Mike Carp, there are a few more options than expected.
Here are some suggestions that could happen now with the M’s roster.
Option Steve Delabar to Tacoma. Delabar has an ERA over 5 and is struggling with placing his pitches. While he is throwing hard, he isn’t throwing smart. Some time with less intensity and more opportunity would be really good for him.
Move Hector Noesi to the Bullpen. Noesi is not doing great, but there is some real potential there. With a stretched out arm he could provide some value out of the pen for the M’s while not having to carry the weight of a team that struggles to give their starters run support.
Hisashi Iwakuma, who gave up the grand slam in Toronto the other night, may not be a popular choice, he has never worked out of the pen before and could have more success as a starter where he is more comfortable.
Limit Chone Figgins‘ at bats. Figgins average is sitting just above .200 at the moment, but he has shown improvement from last season. Part of this is the fact that he is in the lead off role.
Rather than moving him in the order, the M’s should look at benching him more often.
With Carp rejoining the team, his time as the primary left fielder is threatened. He should be moved to an every other day role until his bat heats up.
He is currently pitching with a 1.54 ERA over 7 games with 0.86 WHIP.
Start Muneori Kawasaki more. With Brendan Ryan struggling with his timing at the plate, give Kawasaki more opportunities to get at bats. Kawasaki was the batting leader in all of the Major Leagues during this years spring training.
I’m not talking about a permanent switch, but give him 3 days at short in a row and see what happens.
(Meanwhile Nick Franklin is hitting .296 in AA Jackson.)
Food for thought…
M’s fans, like them or hate them I want to hear from you. Give me your M’s roster suggestions below in the comments section. I’ll respond, let’s get the debate going.