Todays lineup slightly different

If it’s Friday I must be back to work.

Those two days off to celebrate yet another birthday — No. 39 for the 25th time — really rejuvented the old system.

As promised a few days ago, before his entire team was on the field at the same time, manager Don Wakamatsu is experimenting with his lineup the next few days to figure out which batting order meshes the best.

There are a few changes for today’s game against the Rockies.

And here it is:

1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF: No change here from Thursday’s Cactus League debut.

2. Jose Lopez, 2B: Looks like your No. 2 hitter for awhile.

3. Ken Griffey Jr., DH: Left field one day, designed hitter this day.

4. Adrian Beltre, 3B: Wak’s go-to guy in the cleanup spot.

5. Chris Shelton, 1B: All he does is hit, hit and hit some more.

6. Kenji Johjima, C: Fingers are crossed that he’s on the same page as lefty Erik Bedard today.

7. Franklin Gutierrez, CF: Batted ninth on Thursday, got two hits and moves up.

8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS: Settling into the eight-hole it appears.

9. Endy Chavez, LF: Gives the team more speed at the bottom.

— Jim Street

2 Comments

Kenji is batting to high, let Yuni and Kenji switch places so we can find out if Yuni can handle it. Also, didn’t Adrian really bat well in the third hole last year? Endy Chavez seems to be playing better than what I originally was giving him credit for, which was not much.

Chris Shelton is hitting, but not with consistent power. Sweeney is hitting also. Greatness follows him. It seems like Mike Sweeney is also right about the planets aligning here for Branyan. I am a huge fan of Russell Branyan and believe this is his time to produce in a huge way. He has cut way down on his strikeouts by opening his stance more, and has an excellent approach to the ball. The film I have studied of his 2009 ABs shows a new, improved Russell Branyan. Didn’t Shelton play OF and third also in Detroit? Why take away Branyan’s ABs that he has never really had the opportunity to get in any one major league season. All of which have stopped this slugger from being able to relax and hit a load of doubles and homers, all season then in October. Shelton will do his part. Don Wakamatsu is a great manager with a lot of talent to work with here. This is going to be a fun season for us loyal Mariners fan. RHH of 3-0 pitch (RS) @ Sprayberry HS in ATL on Mudcats Stan Musial team wrote this. Green light from Cliff Broxton then over the road with next pitch. Remember that brother? blessings,

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