A night after watching Greg Halman get three hits and almost make a brilliant catch in left field, Carlos Peguero is starting in left field tonight.
Because the White Sox are starting right-hander Phil Humber and Mariners manager Eric Wedge is sticking with his platoon.
So Peguero plays and Halman and Mike Wilson sit.
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Obviously we don't know exactly what GM Jack Zduriencik and Wedge are thinking, planning and discussing. But most people feel that had Peguero not hit those two homers in one game against the Rays, he too might have been sent back to Triple A Tacoma with Michael Saunders.
Peguero may have bought him another week or two at the big league level. Look, he has massive, crazy power. But there's more to a game than hitting an occasional home run. One home run every so often doesn't really help the Mariners and the problems they have. They need consistent at-bats and production.
Some people say, that it's tough for Wedge not to put Peguero in the lineup because of his potential to hita home run. But it should be equally as tough for Wedge to pencil Peguero into the lineup knowing there an even greater chance of three strikeouts and a mistake in the outfield.
I'm not saying Peguero isn't any good. I'm not saying he'll never be good. He's just young. He needs more time to develop. Coming into this season, Peguero was never expected to play at the big league level until September. But because of the situation back when he was called up with Halman on the DL and Carp not hitting, he was the choice.
Peguero has shown power. And he's shown flashes where it looks like he's really getting it and understanding what he needs to do at the plate in terms of keeping his swing under control maintaining an approach. Then there are other times where he looks absolutely lost. His on-base percentage is .263. In his last nine games, he's 5-for-26 with the two homers and 13 strikeouts.
Think about this - Peguero is 24, Carp is 24 (he'll be 25 on June 30). Peguero had never played higher than Triple A till this season. Carp has over 800 Triple A at-bats. Who do you think can give you a more mature at-bat right now?
And defense? They are basically the same with I believe Carp holding a slight edge.
Mike Wilson said yesterday that Carp has improved immensely in left field.
"He isn't fast, but if he can get to it, he'll catch it," Wilson said.
I don't know how much longer the Mariners will wait on Carp. Unlike Ackley there isn't some deadline they are waiting for.
But Carp has earned this shot. He worked his ass off in the offseason. Came back lighter and stronger with a commitment to conditioning and extra work. It's paid off. The results are showing. He should probably be rewarded for it.
Felix Hernandez (6-4, 3.04 ERA)
- Ichiro RF
- Luis Rodriguez SS
- Justin Smoak 1B
- Jack Cust DH
- Adam Kennedy 2B
- Franklin Gutierrez CF
- Miguel Olivo C
- Chone Figgins 3B
- Carlos Peguero LF
White Sox (29-33)
- Juan Pierre LF
- Omar Vizquel SS
- Carlos Quentin RF
- Paul Konerko DH
- AJ Pierzynski C
- Brent Lillibridge CF
- Mark Teahen 1B
- Gordon Beckham 2B
- Brent Morel 3B
RHP Phil Humber (4-3, 3.06 ERA)