With the Mariners floundering offense and lack of hitting 35 year old Adam Kennedy is likely to see more playing time as they need a bat in the lineup and his bat is getting hits.
In his sixteen games he is hitting .300 and of his fifteen hits, four are doubles, two are homers. He has been playing first base while Justin Smoak was on bereavement leave.
Smoak is back so Kennedy may be seeing action at third where Figgins is struggling with a .160 average; or he could spell Jack Wilson (.216) at second or Brendan Ryan (.220) at shortstop.
He could also be DH as Jack Cust (.171) in twenty games has one extra base hit, a double. As a clean up hitter Cust carries not a full-size broom but a whisk broom.
He should be rotating at various positions depending on pitching match ups and what player is getting a rest, but his 35 year old bat needs to be in the lineup. Chances are as the season flows on his bat will get a bit cold as it does for all players going in and out of hitting streaks, but the M’s need to keep hot bats going.
Kennedy hit .289 in 586 at bats in 2009, but with Washington in 2010 he slipped to .249 in 389 at bats. I would love to be 35 again, but for a baseball player that age is elderly, time for Medicare and a retirement village.
At the moment Mariner fans have the youth and future star Michael Pineda to get excited about, but for an everyday player Mariner fans must look to the ancient Adam Kennedy. Not to slight dear old Adam, but a team is in bad shape when you are looking to 35 year old utility infielder for excitement.
With Smoak back, rookie Carlos Peguero who was 2 for 11 in his sip of coffee is back in Tacoma. Also heading to Tacoma is Josh Lueke and his 17.05 era. In 6.1 innings he walked 6, gave up 12 hits and 12 runs. He will be replaced by Dan Cortes another right handed pitcher.