Cactus League Game 14 – M’s vs. A’s

marc w · March 12, 2011 at 10:43 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Blake Beavan gets the start with Felix Hernandez pitching in a ‘B’ game to prevent the A’s from becoming too familiar with his repertoire. As Jeff Sullivan pointed out, it seems pretty unlikely that the A’s would learn a whole lot from facing Felix twice in spring training that they haven’t figured out from advanced scouts, video, and Felix’s 5.5 year career. But hey, I’m sure Beavan doesn’t mind another start. The former Rangers first round pick struggled in Tacoma last year and so far this spring, he’s showing the same 89-91 velocity he had with the Rainiers – which is considerably slower than he threw immediately before/after the 2007 draft (when he touched the mid 90s).

Today’s line-up:
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Milton Bradley LF
Jack Cust DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Adam Kennedy 2B
Jack Wilson SS
Josh Bard C
Blake Beavan P

The A’s counter with Guillermo Moscoso, who started the previous game between these two teams. The A’s are evidently not as worried about the M’s booking Moscoso.
Also available to pitch today: Luke French, Jamey Wright, Tom Wilhelmsen and Dan Cortes,


11 Responses to “Cactus League Game 14 – M’s vs. A’s”

  1. RRS for Prez on March 12th, 2011 1:09 pm

    Strange seeing so many of our starters hitting over .300.

  2. marc w on March 12th, 2011 1:45 pm

    So in the ‘B’ game, Felix yielded two doubles to Steve Baron. As nice of a story Liddi’s spring was, the weirdest spring belongs to Baron.

    Beavan’s velocity was notably better this outing, hitting 91-92 consistently and touching 93+.

  3. Westside guy on March 12th, 2011 1:46 pm

    Spring training pitching – hitting stats don’t mean squat right now. Pitchers are working on their mechanics same as everyone else.

  4. groundzero55 on March 12th, 2011 2:16 pm

    Been waiting for the first Smoak Bomb of the spring.

  5. dallin on March 12th, 2011 2:50 pm

    So I think this is essentially our starting day lineup right?

  6. jordan on March 12th, 2011 3:26 pm

    Looks like it, with the exception of Bard I would think.

  7. dallin on March 12th, 2011 3:35 pm

    Yeah, who do you think will? Moore or Olivo?

  8. RRS for Prez on March 12th, 2011 4:09 pm

    Didn’t say it meant anything…only said it was strange.

  9. Westside guy on March 12th, 2011 5:23 pm

    I probably should’ve made clear that my comment was meant as more of a parallel observation to yours, RRS, rather than implying that you meant something. 😉

  10. RRS for Prez on March 12th, 2011 5:53 pm

    Ahh. Fair enough.

  11. rjjunior on March 12th, 2011 7:47 pm

    Actually, Ryan is penciled in to start up the middle, according to Wedge, not Kennedy. (tweet from JimBowdenXMFOX)

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