Platoons in LF and RF
Hey, there's a lot to be said for lowering the pressure ...

... whether it be giving up part of your website to a handful of crack baseball analysts better than you, or giving up your toughest 150 left-field AB's to a jobshare pardner, or just stashing your best young starter in Tacoma.  - D.


McClendon sez that Weeks is primarily the left fielder vs LH.  No offense to Dustin Ackley, y'unnerstan'.  But if you can poach 20-25 HR and 100 RBI out of a Frankenstein out there, "now you got something."

And so the Way Draft opening day roster jells for us.  The mockup to beat would now appear to be:

Pos Star / Scrub Remark
C Zunino  
1B LoMo  
2B Robinson Cano Pleasure to have in class
SS Brad Miller (?)  
3B Kyle Seager Shaddap with the off-field PWR shtick
DH Nelson Cruz 90 RBI standin' still
LF1 Dustin Ackley .442 SLG, 0.50 EYE vs RHP in 2014
LF2 Rickie Weeks .256/.361/.504 vs LHP in 2014
CF Austin Jackson  
RF1 Seth Smith .270/.360!/.455 vs RHP in 2014
RF2 Justin Ruggiano .333/.333/.512 vs LHP in 2014
UT Taylor / Bloomquist  
C What difference does it make  


Dr. D has got to admit, he likes the symmetry here.  You've got your 3-4-5 batters on the infield and at DH.  Then you've got two pretty legit hitting platoons out there in LF and RF, two right and two left.

Like we sez, "Scrubs" are not bad players, kids.  "Scrubs" are low-cost, quality players who have a good chance to outperform their contracts.  The aging Rickie Weeks, spotted against RH's who grant him an extra tick's worth of reaction time, is such a player.  Weeks might earn $7M worth of bases, while being paid for $2M.

Brad Miller's being paid $0.5M.  He might grab you $8M worth of bases, or he might grab you $20M worth.

Justin Ruggiano gets $2M.  In 2012 with the Marlins, he netted 2.6 WAR in only 320 PA's; that would be close to $15M in today's values.

And like that.  It's a Stars/Scrubs lineup; considering that the position guys are the supporting cast for this glam pitching, it looks good.  Somebody said they're World Champs on paper already.


If you want to get Logan Morrison out of there against a lefty ... let's say that Ackley is swinging good.  Well, first base is Ackley's college position.  Supposing that Ackley has his breakthrough and rips up the league for .320 with power, you certainly can slide Weeks (or Montero) over into Morrison's at-bats.

If Austin Jackson is sucking wind, has gone 1-for-24, then Ruggiano is (in the Mariners' minds) a legit center field option. 

Bloomquist is off the 25-man roster for the weekend, and you need a UT in there ... Chris Taylor plays short and Brad Miller plays anywhere.  The whole thing is looking positively Orc'ish.

Offenses are falling off the cliff like Hisashi Iwakuma's splitfinger, but you gotta like the M's stratergy here.  It's lookin' pretty tight, man.


Dr D


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