Thursday, June 23, 2011
Smoak or Montero: Who would you want?
By David Schoenfield
Last season, the Mariners reportedly turned down a deal for Cliff Lee involving Yankees prospect Jesus Montero, and instead took the Rangers' offer that included Justin Smoak.
ESPN Insider's Kevin Goldstein has a piece suggesting it's time for the Yankees to call up Montero, although he was recently benched for a reported lack of hustle. In his repeat of Triple-A, Montero -- still just 21 years old -- is hitting .291/.337/.410, with five home runs in 234 at-bats. His defense behind the plate remains a huge liability. Smoak, 24, is hitting .264/.366/.488, placing him 20th in the American League in OPS.
So, did the Mariners take the right guy? Vote in the poll.
- Brien Jackson has a take on Montero over at It's About the Money.
- Josh Hamilton says he doesn't hit well in day games because he has blue eyes. Sure enough, over his career he's hit .240 during day games, .334 during night games. My friend Jim Caple told me about a pitcher who complained about pitching in wet weather -- after complaining in spring training about pitching hot, dry weather. As Jim says, "These are the splits I want ESPN to look into -- wet, dry, blue-eyed, brown-eyed."
- Mark Simon takes a great look at Brett Gardner's outstanding defense in left field.
- When is a throwback jersey not quite a throwback jersey?
- In case you missed it, Joe Girardi said Derek Jeter will be in the leadoff spot when he returns and Rafael Soriano will be his setup guy when he returns. Hmm ... I'll believe the latter when I see it. Considering the way David Robertson has been pitching, I'd like to see Girardi hand Soriano the ball in a 4-3 game in the eighth inning in his first game back.
- Dave Gershman wonders about the lack of patience from the Marlins' brass.
- Wily Mo is back!
- The Mariners' rotation by pitch-face!