Cactus League Game 1, Mariners at A’s
After four long and agonizing games of the Mariners beating themselves, we get the beginning of the Cactus League season and a return to baseball on the radio. Someone could argue that because the Mariners will be facing the A’s today and will also be facing the A’s to start the regular season in Japan, this is a preview of sorts for opening day. This better not be a preview of opening day. Oh man, if this ended up being a preview of opening day…
What’s funny about this is that they’re carrying with them a sixteen-man bench. This was still the best that they could manage. If they are going to pull these shenanigans, it might as well be now, when we’re all hungry and bleary-eyed.
There are things that are going to be of some interest in this, of course. Saunders will be in center. There’s a decent chance that ends up being a real thing to start the season. Catricala gets an opportunity to do something other than try to hit Mariners pitchers. Though Ryan is not in so bad a shape, Rodriguez and Kawasaki are effectively competing for the backup infielder position. And, of course, there’s Montero, who will be catching Beavan, who will be throwing mostly fastballs.