Interesting news out of Marinersland this week, as LMC declared we’re looking at platoon situations in both right field and left field. Of course, we all know about the Ruggiano/Smith platoon (or timeshare, or whathaveyou) in right, but we officially have ourselves a situation with Dustin Ackley sharing his position with Rickie Weeks in left.
What does this mean? Well, for starters, I was WAY off base in my initial assessment of Weeks. I thought all that “Weeks In The Outfield” stuff was just a media-created non-storyline. Though, to be fair, I was right about Weeks getting some play behind LoMo at first base. He truly COULD be a force as a super-utility guy.
- Starting in left field with a lefty on the mound in place of Ackley
- Starting at first base (likely also with a lefty on the mound) to rest LoMo
- Giving Cano the occasional day off from playing the field at second
- Maybe even used as a DH if we want to go righty-heavy and let Cruz play in the field
I mean, it’s not crazy to think that Weeks could be starting anywhere from 2-4 times a week! He’ll have to keep up his production at the plate (otherwise, you’re talking about yet another disappointing bench player whose appearance in a lineup card inspires nothing but dread), but this could really be something!
I can’t remember the last time the Mariners had a real bench. For as long as I can remember, our bench has consisted exclusively of washed up sluggers capable of little else than being a DH or backup DH; or some of our best & brightest from Tacoma, who are a little too good for AAA, but nowhere NEAR good enough for the Majors.
With Weeks, Bloomquist, and Ruggiano, we’ve got guys capable of covering us at every non-catcher position in the field. You don’t like your prospects long term, if someone gets injured, and we’re forced to start these guys on the reg. But, it’ll be nice to give our regulars the days off they need, while not taking a HUGE step back in production.