After sitting out the last two games, Chone Figgins is back in the lineup at third base. He'll bat eighth. And he is the Mariners starting third baseman.
"He's going to be our every day guy," Wedge said. "We'll give him a day here and there if I feel like he needs it."
Carlos Peguero is back in the lineup again today. Over the last five games he's played in, he's had 16 plate appearances and he's 0-14 with two walks and 10 strikeouts.
"One thing we want to do is we want to see some adjustments. I don't care if it's mindset, if it's physical, mechanical or whatever. You do the work in BP, you trust the work you are doing and you let it leak into your game. If you let it leak into your game, good things will happen."
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The best description of Peguero's hitting approach is: swing early, swing often, swing as hard as possible. It doesn't even matter if it's a strike or not. And teams have figured it out.
"He's so strong, the last thing he needs to do is do more," Wedge said. "When you watch him take BP, you really like what you see because it's under control and the path to the baseball is pretty clean and it jumps off the bat. "
But it doesn't carry over to the game.
Wedge said something that was interesting when talking about understanding what pitchers are trying to do hitters. And understanding it, but not letting it dominate your approach.
"There has to be a level awareness of what they are trying to do to you," Wedge said. "If you get too caught up in that, then you get defensive. Then you are in between. And as we've talked about so many times, in between just doesn't get it done up here."
Can you think of someone that's got that "in between" look during at-bats? Yep, Michael Saunders.
"Yeah, I do," Wedge said when asked if Saunders was a guy struggling with that. "He gets in between a lot. Sometimes he'll chase some bad balls and he'll take some fastballs that he needs to get after. That's part of what he's trying to work through."
On a lighter note, Mariners infielder Jack Wilson had gifts for his teammates. Wilson purchased "Larry Bernandez" Nike shirts for all of his teammates.
- Ichiro RF
- Brendan Ryan SS
- Justin Smoak 1B
- Jack Cust DH
- Franklin Gutierrez CF
- Adam Kennedy 2B
- Miguel Olivo C
- Chone Figgins 3B
- Carlos Peguero LF
RHP Felix Hernandez (3.19 ERA)