The Mariners made a somewhat expect roster move after the game, optioning struggling outfielder Michael Saunders to Triple A Tacoma and recalling outfielder Greg Halman.
Before you scream, "Why not Mike Carp?!?!" The reason Halman was called up and not Carp is that the Mariners need someone who can play center field. Franklin Gutierrez still can't play every day and needs to be spelled. Carp cannot play center field. Halman is a solid defense outfielder. He has quality speed and a good arm.
The only reason the move was curious is that Halman has just returned from the disabled list less than a week ago after missing 40 games with broken bone in his hand that required surgery.
Halman has all the athletic tools in the world and he has ridiculous power at the plate. Maybe not Carlos Peguero power, but he hit 33 homers last season for the Rainiers and drove in 80 runs. Is he going to strike out? Yes. Yes, he will. He struck out 169 times last year for Tacoma, which is actually an improvement over past strikeout rates. In 29 big league at-bats, he struck out 11 times.
Saunders needs this time in Tacoma. His confidence is shot. His new swing is still a work in progress that's far from finished. He is hiting. .168 with 45 strikeouts in 137 at-bats. Even worse, he's lost his confidence.