Nick Franklin has been called up. Dustin Ackley has been sent down. That’s the big story of the day. Also, Hector Noesi is back up while Lucas Luetge has been sent down, but that’s more of an indictment of the state of our starting rotation right now (hash tag: shambles) and how much we’ve had to rely on long work out of the bullpen.
So … there you go. In the last week, the Mariners have sent down two of the biggest disappointments of the season – Ackley & Montero – and they’ve brought up two more soon-to-be disappointments – Triunfel & Franklin. As far as I can tell, one of two things will happen:
- They will get regular starts at second base and short stop, and they will struggle.
- They will get regular starts at second base and short stop, they will play reasonably well, giving us all hope that maybe we’ve FINALLY found a prospect or two who will make good on their promise, we will pencil them in as everyday starters, and then like clockwork they will struggle.
Unless you’re new, let me give you a head’s up: these are the Seattle Mariners. Nothing ever works out long-term. Nick Franklin and/or Carlos Triunfel could play the entire rest of this season, they could bat anywhere from .260 to .280 with solid power numbers and not-terrible defensive metrics, we will all sit back and wonder, “Could it really be possible? Could we have FINALLY found our Middle Infield of the Future?” Then, they’ll come back next year pencilled in as the #1 & #2 batters in our lineup, and they will suck. Hard. They’ll be sent back down and we’ll go through this cycle all over again as Ackley – who will surely show promise in Triple-A – is given yet another chance as we all hope for some fate that is sure to never materialize.
Enjoy it now. Enjoy the awe and majesty of something new. Enjoy the feeling of hope and possibility. Hell, enjoy the increase in offensive production (because these two SURELY can’t be any worse than what we’ve just sent down to Tacoma and DFA’d entirely (Robert Andino, we hardly knew ye)). And, after the shine has worn off, settle in. It’s going to be a LONG fucking year where the best players on the team are all on one-year deals. Ibanez, Morales, Morse, and Bay. These are the guys keeping this team anywhere NEAR respectability and these are the guys who most likely won’t be on the Mariners in 2014 or 2015.
It’s almost exciting enough for me to take this day off and go to Safeco Field. But, it’s raining and it’s supposed to continue raining and quite frankly I can’t be bothered. It’s the end of May and the Mariners are planted firmly in fourth place in the AL West. Sound familiar?
Then put your little hand in mine / There ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb / Babe / I got you babe …