Friday, May 20, 2011

Adrian, Mariners

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe passes along an Adrian Gonzalez update. Below that are a few notes from Larry Stone of the Seattle Times about the Mariners, who will be in San Diego for the next three games.

Adrian Gonzalez is the real deal, folks. After going 3 for 5 with three RBIs Tuesday providing the game-winning walkoff two-run double in an 8-7 win over the O's, Gonzalez was hitting .327 with nine home runs and has driven in 37 runs, the most in baseball. "This is a lot of fun right now," he said. "I love playing the game every night. But these nights are special."

Gonzalez has been special. He's hitting the ball to all fields -- upper deck in right at Yankee Stadium, off the Monster in Fenway. "I don't tailor my swing for any ballpark," claimed Gonzalez. "I don't tailor my swing for any ballpark. I hit it where it's pitched. That's the way I've always done it."


The long irritable bowl nightmater is over. Franklin Gutierrez was activated Wednesday and immediately placed at the No. 5 spot and in center field. Manager Eric Wedge said he thought about a lot of different ways to re-introduce Gutierrez into the lineup, ultimately deciding to just throw him right in there in hopes of sparking a stagnant Mariner offense. "I thought about it a little bit,'' he said, then using the question to make an overall statement about the team's health at the moment. "We need something. I told you before, I sure as hell am not going to continue watching this. We are going to get better and we are going to do everything that we possibly can to get better and everybody here wants that. Certain things have to happen -- we've got to be tougher, we've got to be smarter. Work has never been an issue with these guys -- these guys show up and do the work. But we've got to be tougher and smarter and those are the type of at-bats that we have to have.''

There was all kinds of buzz over the airwaves and on Twitter Tuesday about a possible Dustin Ackley promotion to the Mariners, possibly as soon as Wednesday. But (Mariners beat writer Geoff) Baker reported that it's not going to happen. Here's what he wrote in his blog about the No. 2 pick (behind StephenStrasburg) in the 2009 draft, and the No. 1 Mariners prospect Ackley is hitting .359 with three home runs and 13 RBI in the month of May and has his average up to .280). Wedge was asked about Ackley in this afternoon's pre-game media scrum. Wedge was asked whether it's tough to avoid the temptation of wanting to see Ackley up here as soon as possible, given his recent torrid stretch of hitting for Tacoma. "I just don't react like that,'' Wedge said. "You start reacting like that in this game, you chase your tail. You've got to do things for the right reasons at the right time for the organization, for the big-league team, for the players. And not necessarily in that order, so we've got a day-to-day thought process here and we've got a big picture in mind right on top of it."

Ichiro is a 10-time Gold Glove winner, but according to the popular UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) measurement, he's the worst defensive performer on the team with a minus-6.6 rating. I don't know how accurate that is, but he sure does let a lot of balls drop nowadays.

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