The Seattle Mariners don't know, but they'd like to get a feel for the Matt Mangini, who batted .313 with 18 home runs in Tacoma and played third base like a work in progress.
"He's got to get his foot work down, and when he does that he'll be fine," infielder Josh Wilson said. "Whenever he has an issue, it's usually his footwork. He has the arm, he has the glove."
The final games of September are a small sample size on which to judge a player looking ahead to 2011, but it's what virtually all teams do. Brining up Mangini and the rest of the Rainiers this month was done to a) give them a feel for the big league experience and b) let them play against major league talent.
After a couple of starts as their designated hitter, the Mariners tonight will give Mangini his second start at third base. His throws from third yesterday in Tampa were a littl inconsistent but all of them hit leather.
Fellow rookies Adam Moore, Justin Smoak and Greg Halman will fill out the lineup. Here's the group that will face lefty C.J. Wilson:
- Ichiro Suzuki, RF
- Chone Figgins, 2B
- Jose Lopez, DH
- Franklin Gutierrerz, CF
- Justin Smoak, 1B
- Adam Moore, C
- Matt Mangini, 3B
- Greg Halman, LF
- Josh Wilson, SS
- David Pauley, P