Ah, morning baseball. The M's look to take the series from the Orioles at 10:35 am today with a lefty match between Joe Saunders and the Orioles' touted Taiwanese Nippon-transplant Wei-Yin Chen. Here are the starting lineups:
P. Joe Saunders (L)
P. Wei-Yin Chen (L)
2. Ackley has become Thompson's unpaid intern, shuttling coffee and treats out of the clubhouse and taking over menial servitude tasks that suit him better than swinging a baseball bat. Thompson knows if he plays Ackley, he loses this privilege. The decision is simple.
I'll leave it up to you to decide, but if it's #1, this is exactly why a lot of us feel ambivalence towards Morse. It's not that Morse sucks, though we can talk about his defense and non-power hitting till the cows come home. It's that he's getting his name penciled in over someone like Ackley, who while clearly isn't hitting like Morse, needs development time and experience in the outfield when games don't matter. Otherwise, Morse gets all these hits in today, doesn't get a qualifying offer in December, and we're back to square one in April, crossing our fingers and watching Ackley pick right up in the outfield when the M's are actually contending, if he's even here. That said, sitting him today against a lefty isn't the end of the world. But continuing to sit him next week will be another story.