Seattle Mariners: Greg Halman Not Enough, Time for Dustin Ackley and Mike Carp
Quick, how old do you think Mike Carp is?
It's sort of a surprise to many people, this writer included, when you realize Carp is only 24 years of age. He'll have to pay a surcharge to rent a car until the end of this month. So while his previous couple trips to the bigs haven't been impressive, he's still young and has his prime ahead of him.
He's been down in Tacoma playing left field this season, and he's done nothing but hit.
Now it's time for him to hit in Seattle.
Yes, Greg Halman can play center field, which is why he was called up so Michael Saunders could mercifully be sent down to work on things. With Franklin Gutierrez still needing some time off here and there as he recovers, the team needs someone who can handle center field with some competency.
Carp isn't going to win any Gold Glove awards in the outfield, and he's blocked at the two spots he'd fit the best (first base and DH)—though Carlos Peguero isn't the second coming of Willie Mays out there either.
While Peguero probably earned himself a little more time after a two-home-run game on Thursday night, let's not forget how bad he's looked both at the plate and in the field during his time since he was called up.
With Carp, you'd get a guy who has been scorching-hot, hitting 15 dingers while batting .323 with an OPS of .997. This follows a 2010 Triple-A campaign that saw him launch 30 homers.
Can he keep that up? I don't know. Probably not in the majors. However, you have to think that the Mariners owe Carp, and themselves, the opportunity to find out.
Then there's Dustin Ackley.
After a forgettable April, Ackley went on a tear in May, and his average soared all the way above .290 and now sits at .288 after notching another hit Thursday night. He's starting to hit for average and some nice gap power with a handful of home runs and hasn't done it at the expense of his superb on-base skills. He's still walking a ton.
The Mariners offense is bad. Really bad.
After a night where the team had an offensive explosion, we have to remember how historically bad things have been.
The team is winning. That's awesome. However, you have to analyze things by the process, not the results. You may see an eight-run output here and there, but the three- and four-run games are going continue to be the norm on most nights.
We want Mike Carp. We need Dustin Ackley.
Send down Mike Wilson and either send down Peguero or release Jack Wilson. Stick Carp in left every day, start Ackley at second and have Adam Kennedy spell Ackley, Chone Figgins and Justin Smoak to keep everyone fresh.
The way the team has been playing may be all smoke and mirrors, but as long as the team is hanging in contention, please give us the best team possible.
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