Cactus League Game #6 – Mariners at Angels
Today’s game offers a sneak preview of an AL West rival, and both teams are running out quite a few opening day starters (though not that free agent 1B the Angels brought in from the National League). Blake Beavan gets the start for the M’s against Jered Weaver of the Angels. Today’s game’s in Tempe, so there won’t be any pitch fx/velocity information in gameday for us to worry about. Yesterday’s win over Cincinnati featured a solid performance from King Felix, some shaky innings from Hong Chih-Kuo and Chance Ruffin, and great hitting from Ichiro and the forgotten man in the M’s new found catching depth, Adam Moore. Ichiro went 3-3, while Moore went 2-2 (and was also hit by a pitch) with a double that carried 410′ on the fly.
One of the big stories for the Angels this spring is Mark Trumbo’s move to 3B. The slugger played 1B last year while Kendrys Morales recovered from surgery, but with the arrival of Pujols and the possible return of Morales, Trumbo needed a new position. Trumbo himself was coming off an injury to his foot which held him out of drills in February, so he’s had less practice at the hot corner than the team would probably like. Even before he was cleared to play – in informal workouts with Angels coaches – he made the news when a bad throw pegged GM Jerry DiPoto in the leg, and when a bad hop resulted in a bloody nose. This is something to watch – if he’s able to play at a not-abysmal level, then the Angels aren’t forced to move/bench a guy who hit 29 HRs last year.
The line-up for today’s game, which starts at 12:05:
1: Figgins (CF)
2: Ackley (2B)
3: Seager (3B)
4: Montero (C)
5: Carp (LF)
6: Olivo (“DH”)
7: Saunders (RF)
8: Ryan (SS)
9: Rodriguez (1B)
Good to see Jesus Montero back in the line-up (and at catcher) after a few days off with stomach flu/food poisoning. Michael Saunders moves over to right field to accomodate Chone Figgins in center, and Luis Rodriguez plays first base just to remind everyone that this is spring training and ultimately doesn’t matter.
Back in Peoria, the Rangers take on the Padres, a game which is notable as it marks Yu Darvish’s first game action since coming over from Japan. Thus, we WILL get some data on his arsenal and velocity.