Sorry for the late blog post, but thanks to severe thunderstorms in Chicago, my 9 a.m. flight didn't leave till 12:30 p.m. So I just got to the field.
It's an interesting lineup tonight as manager Eric Wedge gives Justin Smoak, Chone Figgins and Jack Cust the night off. This is the second straight night for Cust as Mike Carp will again be the DH.
I figured Smoak would be due for a day off at some point. He's started every game - 39 straight - since coming back off the bereavement list. So his only days off were a couple off days and the two rainouts in Cleveland.
Batting third- 27 games, .206 batting average (21-for-102), .308 OBP, .402 SLG, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 14 BB, 26 Ks
Batting fifth - 29 games, .293 (29-for-99), .393 OBP, .535 SLG, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 17 BB, 29 Ks
With Cust out of the lineup, it makes you wonder if he was one of the veterans that drew Wedge's ire the other night? Perhaps. But it's also a matter of getting Carp into the lineup. Cust has sat multiple days in his career, so it isn't likely to affect him.
"I have had conversations with the people I've need to have," Wedge said. "So for him to be out of the lineup a couple days when he gets back in there, he'll be ready to go. We've got a lot of irons in the fire right now. We are working to progress with everything, whether it be with our younger players, or some of our veteran players trying to get them going."
Hmm, not sure what that means. I think it translates to: Jack have a seat for a while to see if some of these young kids can give us something. We'll mix you in there when we can.
Cust's production hasn't been terrible, but it hasn't been great of late either. In his last 10 games, he is hitting .206 (7-for-34) with two doubles, a triple, one homer, three RBI, eight walks and nine strikeouts.
Wedge has said he's going to try and find time for three young players at left field and DH, but he won't specifically say what that means for Cust and how often he will play.
Figgins? Well, we knew that was coming. That "single" last night where Figgins "ole'd" the ground ball hit by Alexei Ramirez probably didn't do him any favors in the Wedge's eyes. Figgins had a few better at-bats last night, but he has a long to way to go.
58 Doug Fister RHP
- 51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
- 26 Brendan Ryan SS
- 4 Adam Kennedy (L) 1B
- 30 Miguel Olivo C
- 21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
- 20 Mike Carp (L) DH
- 56 Greg Halman LF
- 1 Luis Rodriguez (S) 3B
- 2 Jack Wilson 2B
- 14 Austin Jackson CF
- 32 Don Kelly (L) 3B
- 26 Brennan Boesch (L) RF
- 24 Miguel Cabrera 1B
- 41 Victor Martinez (S) DH
- 12 Andy Dirks (L) LF
- 27 Jhonny Peralta SS
- 13 Alex Avila (L) C
- 25 Ryan Raburn 2B
35 Justin Verlander RHP