Mallex Smith is a rusty gate: .165-.255-.247 and he's K'ing in 30% of his AB's.
However, Braden Bishop is at .271-.364-.447 in Tacoma. The other day he launched one into the parking lot. He's made 2 errors in CF, but then so has Smith.
Tim Beckham has made 11 errors at SS. .286-.359-.533 will make you ignore a lot of a .913 Fld. % at SS, however.
JP Crawford has made 3 errors for Tacoma and is hitting .291-.378-.419. OK, OK...much of that is due to a vL line of .387-.472-.581, but he is a career MLB .764 vR.
Kyle Seager will be ready in a bit.
Dee Gordon has returned to being the good Dee Gordon. But at 101 OPS+, this is as good as he ever gets.
Jay Bruce is K'ing in 32% of his PA's. Other than that, he basically hits a homer every 10 PA's.
Right now, Ryan Healy's value is at 3B, go figure. He's basically blocked out at 1B by better bats.
So we have this collision of events, a good collision, mind you, that may begin to push Dee Gordon off of 2B, if he has any drop-off. His .360-.370-.480 vL line, with a .405 BABIP, suggests such a drop is possible. His vR of .694, with a .308 BABIP is only a bit better than last years .658/.307. Last year he walked at a .019 rate, this year it is up to .036.
What do you do when Seager comes back? What do you do with JP Crawford and then where do you move Beckham, who has a bat that demands to play.
Mind you, these are decent problems to have. All the same, they are beginning to demand some thought.
Finally, I hope Seager was watching Vogelbach handle the shift last night. He lined a single the other way in his 2nd AB then roped a 2B down the LF line in his 3rd, after letting an off-speed offering travel deep into the strike zone. Classic stuff.