Seattle Mariners Game 13: vs. Cleveland

This is getting ridiculous. What the hell does John Jaso have to do to crack the lineup? To lend some credence to the idea that Jaso is a vital part of this lineups success, check this out: John Jaso has been worth 2.0 runs at the plate this year. That’s the statistic that populates the batting portion of WAR. Miguel Olivo has already been worth negative 5.3 runs. I can barely believe that. And Olivo is bad.

Justin Smoak isn’t in the lineup today. He’s not hurt badly, but hurt enough to miss a day. So the Mariners could literally add Jaso to the lineup without hurting Miguel Olivo’s feelings by putting Jaso at first base, and they’d have another lefty in against Derek Lowe.

The Mariners are starting Dustin Ackley at first base instead of any one of Jaso, Jesus Montero, or Miguel Olivo. The Mariners are actively and intentionally giving away runs trading Jaso’s bat for Munenori Kawasaki’s glove. If I’m Jaso, I’m pissed.

Starting Pitchers

Jason Vargas vs. Derek Lowe

Indians

1. Jason Donald, SS

2. Jason Kipnis, 2B

3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF

4. Carlos Santana, C

5. Travis Hafner, DH

6. Shelley Duncan, LF

7. Jose Lopez, 3B

8. Casey Kotchman, 1B

9. Aaron Cunningham, CF

Mariners

1. Chone Figgins, LF

2. Dustin Ackley, 1B

3. Ichiro Suzuki, RF

4. Jesus Montero, DH

5. Kyle Seager, 3B

6. Michael Saunders, CF

7. Miguel Olivo, C

8. Munenori Kawasaki, 2B

9. Brendan Ryan, SS

 

Oh and Jose Lopez and Casey Kotchman play for the Indians. I didn’t mention that ever. I don’t care much about Lopez, but I understand why Mariners fans are pissed at him. I did see a few people tweet bad things about Casey Kotchman. I don’t understand that. To borrow a phrase from my cousin who used it when I was talking about Brian Wilson, “I don’t hate Casey Kotchman, I nothing Casey Kotchman.” Basically, Casey Kotchman doesn’t matter. To anyone. Including his family.