Cactus League Game 3, Padres at Mariners
Good day to you and welcome again to baseball. This marks the first game of the Cactus League season against our rivals, the Padres. It feels like a return to normalcy. I know that for the past two days, I had felt as though something was “off” about this spring training that I couldn’t quite articulate. Now I know: we weren’t playing the Padres yet.
The news circuit is somewhat slow this morning. Rick Rizzs guest blogged an article about Griffey at the official Mariners blog. It’s formatted like a Steve Kelley article. The actual Steve Kelley talked to Jamie Moyer, who is attempting that comeback with the Rockies. Imagine for a moment if he ended up in the Springs instead to start the season. Oh my. Larry Stone talked about Trayvon Robinson and some of the struggles he experienced at the end of last season. Larry LaRue talked to Alex Liddi and apparently he’s a big deal back home. If none of these do it for you, re-read Marc’s piece on Noesi and/or be glad that no one on the team has Valley Fever.
As playing the regulars proved somewhat ineffective yesterday, we’re doing something weird again. Wedge wants to play the guys and so we will play the guys. With the way things look now, I can only imagine what it will be like this coming Saturday, when we get our first split squad.
The bench today features fourteen guys. Pitchers we might see include Furbush, Henn, League, Snow, Marquez, Fox, Grube, Ruffin, and Patterson.