Seattle Mariners Call Up LF/1B Mike Carp from Tacoma
What do you do when your offense scores a combined two runs for your two best pitchers in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in baseball?
Call up a prospect who has been destroying the ball at Triple-A, and that's exactly what the Seattle Mariners did Tuesday night when they recalled Mike Carp.
Carp, who had been a first baseman and was acquired as part of the JJ Putz trade, has been on a tear, playing left field in the PCL. He had a 22-game hit streak on the line when he was yanked after one at-bat down in Tuscon.
The hit streak came to an end, but so did his time in the minors.
Mike Wilson is the casualty. Rarely used, his long journey to the major leagues was hardly rewarded.
He's no Dustin Ackley, but Carp does improve this lineup.
You may recall that Carp has had a couple previous stints with the Mariners and didn't do so hot. With the additions of Justin Smoak and Jack Cust, Carp's path back to the big leagues had been considerably blocked.
So, he decided to force Jack Zduriencik's hand by blasting 19 homers while hitting .354/.414/.668 in 56 games for the Rainiers.
There are a few things we have to consider before too much excitement sets in.
First, Carp's BABIP of .368 is 53 points above his career norm, so there's a pretty good chance some of this has been luck and he will regress.
Second, we're not getting a Gold Glover by any means. As a guy who shouldn't be playing on the outfield grass in a perfect world, Carp has been in left because there was no room for him on the big club at first or DH.
This doesn't mean he's not an upgrade or that he can't sustain the offense to a degree. There is some evidence in his peripherals that he could be a better hitter this time around. While Peguero can hit the ball really hard, it was with a painful approach. Carp provides actual on-base skills that go beyond swinging for the Pac Med building.
The M's face another righty on Wednesday night in Gavin Floyd, so Carp could be immediately inserted into the lineup. Perhaps Peguero gets one more start. I don't know why teams address glaring needs only to have the guy do nothing on his first day but flick seeds and tell Triple-A stories.
We'll see how Wedge handles this, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's annoyed with the offense to the point that he simply injects Carp into left everyday with Peguero only playing on days when Carp spells Cust at DH, and Halman starting when a lefty is on the mound.
Wedge has been preaching that the hitters can't keep trying the same things and expecting different results.
It's nice to see the club finally follow the same mantra.
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