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Today's game notes and lineups -- a Chone Figgins sighting

Mariners (31-42)

  • 51  Ichiro Suzuki           RF
  • 27  John Jaso                C
  • 33  Casper Wells            LF
  • 17  Justin Smoak            1B
  • 55  Michael Saunders        CF
  • 13  Dustin Ackley           2B
  • 9  Chone Figgins           3B
  • 26  Brendan Ryan            SS
  • 45  Hector Noesi           RHP

Yep that would be Chone Figgins starting at third base in place of Kyle Seager today. Now before you start rioting in the streets or tweeting angrily, know that Seager has had a few rough days. He is 0-for-9 with three strikeouts in two errors in his last two games.

Figgins is also 4-for-5 with a homer off of Padres starter Edinson Volquez.

A day off for Seager won't be the worst thing in the world. Wedge also said in the video below that Seager injured his calf slightly last night when he fouled a ball off it.

Not a whole lot else to report. Wedge re-iterated that today's starter Hector Noeis needs to find that consistency with two strikes. But he didn't bite on saying if Noesi needs to prove something to avoid losing his starting spot. If Noesi can't get aggressive today, then there's something wrong.

Look I'm not going to go all Bill Krueger on this. I did think his rant about Noesi smiling for the game was somewhat off-base. People get ready in different ways. I've seen Felix Hernandez smile a few times before the game and laugh too. Not everybody has to be like Randy Johnson before the game.

The bigger question is Noesi's focus in the game and his ability to make in-game adjustments. It's something pitchers figure out as they get older -- and if they don't, they don't remain in the big leagues for very long.

In a way, it's easier to get the first two strikes than it is the third strike -- that's not some crazy Ron Fairly logic. And Noesi hasn't realized that he has to be even better with two strikes.