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  1. higher than his first two month’s ISOs, not wOBAs.

    Comment by supermets — June 23, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

  2. There absolutely has to be regression to the mean for this guy, in the most positive way. The guy could not have lost his batting skill so dramatically simply by shifting positions on the diamond. I’ve always waited for this guy to breakout, and while he shows signs of it from time to time, he’s never really put it all together. All I can say is, he’d better have an above average second half, or people are going to wonder if he’s a wash. At least he’s playing great D.

    Comment by rrowell — June 23, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  3. When I have 2 struggling hitters, both of whom were subject to position changes, I would consider switching them back, just for the heck of it. While it seems unlikely this could be it, some baseball players are funny that way. Hitting is as much mental as anything. The Mariners can afford to give up a few more runs on defense, their problem is scoring.

    Once they trade Lopez or let him go as a FA, look for him to do a Beltre and tear the league up. Maybe they need to spend money on better coaches and scouts.

    Comment by pft — June 23, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

  4. Your New York Mets starting 2B for 2011?

    Comment by Dan in Japan — June 23, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

  5. Chone Figgins got paid, so he’s obviously stopped trying.

    Casey Kotchman’s previous struggles were the result of his mother’s health issues.

    Adrian Beltre only produces in contract years.

    Explanations for why a player is or is not producing are rarely this simple.

    Comment by Gio — June 23, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

  6. If the early return on his fielding holds up then he has added value that did not exist as a second baseman. I just have to think his bat will come back to his career norms. Couple that with defensive value and some team may get a cheap value pick-up this off season, and have a small chance of an offensive break out. He previously had a bad rep of a player that “didn’t put in the work” but his fine transition to 3B is a definite display of putting in the work.

    Comment by TerryMc — June 24, 2010 @ 2:04 am

  7. If Lopez option is bought out the Mariners would have to non tender him for him to become a free agent. Do you really think this is a possibility? His defense alone at 3B seems to be worth the 4.5 million dollars.

    Comment by mowill — June 24, 2010 @ 5:50 am

  8. As an M’s fan, I really think there is NO WAY that the M’s pick up his option. Not GMZs type of guy.

    Comment by Randall — June 24, 2010 @ 11:29 am

  9. I’m not quite sure about “Not GMZs type of guy.” the league leader in D, that sound exactly like his type of guy. Can you tell me what you think are his types, we seem to have different ideas.

    Comment by ROC — June 24, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

  10. Yes, but considering this is JoLo’s third position in the past few years — and he was at best “slothlike” at the other two — I’d suggest his defense this year is the result of luck plus fairly solid coaching (and groundskeeping). He’s been a bit of an enigma in Seattle forever, and fingers are crossed here’s merely keeping the seat warm for Liddi or Triunfel.

    Comment by Professional Editor — June 24, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

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