Cactus League Game 15, Giants at Mariners

Jay Yencich · March 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

TV again! Tonight, the Mariners are set to unveil their series of 2012 commercials to a broadcast audience, but you’ve likely already seen them because you’re using the internet, you lucky dog, you!

2B Seager
CF Wells
LF Carp
3B Catricala
LF Peguero
C Olivo
RF Wilson
DH Sucre
SS Rodriguez

P Erasmo Ramirez

We won’t get to see New Saunders again, which is a shame. Kawasaki, who had a home run and a single in the B game, is also absent, as is Montero, who doubled earlier this morning. But we do get some additional looks at Catricala and Wells (Peguero too, if that’s your thing) along with our first peeks at Seager and Carp. The big thing to pay attention to will be Erasmo, who seems to have worked his way into the discussion as either a starter or long man in the bullpen.

In additional positive news, Moore and Guti are both making progress coming back from their respective injuries. Hooray!


41 Responses to “Cactus League Game 15, Giants at Mariners”

  1. terry on March 15th, 2012 6:02 pm

    I’m absolutely stoked to get to see Sucre DH tonight. Can’t wait. Can’t wait. Can’t wait.

  2. Jay Yencich on March 15th, 2012 6:04 pm

    In a not ironic sense, I’m hoping to see more of Stefen Romero. I really think he could be our breakout player this year.

  3. Nate on March 15th, 2012 6:12 pm

    not much of Montero this spring. at least not much with the “A” team. wonder what they need to see before he plays with the starters. I assumed he’d start with the big club.

  4. marc w on March 15th, 2012 6:30 pm

    What I’m looking for:
    Erasmo’s velocity, how well he disguises his change, and how much his slider’s improved. In AAA last year, his change was very good, though inconsistent. His slider was…a work in progress. Everything sounds a bit better this year, and that’ll be interesting to see.

    Ramirez might be playing for a roster spot tonight. The M’s get to take 30 to Japan, and they’ll have a “taxi squad” in case of injury, so he’s got a few different ways of making the flight to Tokyo. The M’s seem to be giving him a shot, though Millwood’s performance the other day might make it tough to keep him on the 25 man in April.

    Seager and Carp face a lefty starter in Barry Zito, and while it’s tempting to say it’s a test for them to face lefty breaking stuff, it’s Barry Zito circa 2012, so it may not be a high bar to clear.

  5. Westside guy on March 15th, 2012 6:40 pm

    After watching Miguel ‘Stone Hands’ Olivo play “catcher” yesterday, I was really hoping we’d get a chance to see Montero catch tonight.

    I’m thinking I may skip this one, but we’ll see. Maybe I’ll watch the first few innings so I can watch this Erasmo kid…

  6. The_Waco_Kid on March 15th, 2012 6:45 pm

    Condotta, filling in for Baker, has Olivo in RF. At first, I was relieved to see this lineup. Now I wonder how Olivo would do in RF. Maybe better than catcher.

  7. marc w on March 15th, 2012 6:51 pm

    Peguero leads the team in ABs this spring and looks like he’ll stretch that lead tonight. All of this playing time and the positive quotes in the press about changing his approach… the team clearly thinks he’s better than most fans do.

  8. marc w on March 15th, 2012 6:54 pm

    Charlie Furbush gave up a couple of runs in the B game, but also had 5 Ks in either 2 or 3 IP (how about a box score, press corps?). Like Larry LaRue, I think he’s essentially on the roster right now.
    Not thrilled that they seem to have moved him to the ‘pen, but it wouldn’t be hard to stretch him out in Tacoma if they ever decide to. The rotation’s crowded all of the sudden.

  9. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 7:13 pm

    Funny that Carp ended up picking up that throw-in from Center.

  10. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 7:14 pm

    Nice! Ramirez still leaves the 1st with two K’s.

  11. marc w on March 15th, 2012 7:15 pm

    Decent first inning for Ramirez despite the run scoring. High chop grounder goes for a hit and an error, then he K’d Sanchez on three straight mid-90s FBs, got a pop-up from Belt, grooved a FB that Brett Pill killed, but came back to K Nate Schierholz.

  12. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 7:18 pm

    Yeah, I don’t really blame him for that run. And it didn’t seem to phase him.

  13. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 7:45 pm

    Nice to see him get out of trouble. Despite the hits, I still like what we’re seeing from him so far.

  14. lalo on March 15th, 2012 7:47 pm

    I would love a “Felix,Vargas,Iwakuma,Noesi,Erasmo” rotation, Millwood in the bullpen and Beavan waiting for his chance in Tacoma.

  15. Westside guy on March 15th, 2012 7:50 pm

    Uh… what about Hultzen?

  16. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 7:52 pm

    Right-on Carp! Opposite field!

  17. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 8:09 pm

    A (future)rotation of Felix, Ramirez, Hultzen, Walker, and Paxton (not necessarily in that order), peaks my curiosity.

  18. lalo on March 15th, 2012 8:14 pm

    Unless there are injuries, Felix,Ramirez,Hulzen,Walker and Paxton will be your rotation by mid-2013

  19. marc w on March 15th, 2012 8:16 pm

    Erasmo pitched well, but he had a tendency to get too much of the plate with his fastballs. Not the worst thing in the world, but he gave up a lot of hard-hit balls today, and that’s what happened to him last year in AAA.
    The change-up was great at times, but he still could use a little more consistency with it. He got a ground out on what looked like a hanging change in the 2nd, and then his very next pitch was a great change for a strike. The curve/slider/slurvy thing was so so.

    All told, it was a good outing, but I didn’t see a whole lot of actual development from last year. That said, let’s put this 89-92 mph crap to bed. Erasmo’s got mid-90s velo, and was consistently at 94 into the 4th inning. He’s got pretty good stuff. He’s a couple of adjustments away from being a good #3 and not just a walk-avoiding #4-5.

  20. lalo on March 15th, 2012 8:18 pm

    So Erasmo Ramirez has a better fastball than Michael Pineda right now…

  21. TherzAlwaysHope on March 15th, 2012 8:21 pm

    marc w: Fx seemed to show inconsistent umpiring. I saw one pitch the was close to hitting the center square: ball.

  22. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 8:29 pm

    I was grateful just to finally see him pitch! Would like to see another start or two though before the season starts. I really wanted to see Walker pitch before he got reassigned.

  23. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 8:31 pm

    Wilson’s having a rough go at right field tonight.

  24. seattlesonsofbaseball on March 15th, 2012 8:40 pm

    Kuo is officially a nut job. He can’t throw his slider for strikes, gives up runs every time he’s out. Sad, especially since he had been one of the best left handers of all relievers.

  25. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 8:47 pm

    Geez, how many runs have the M’s scored this spring off errors?

  26. Westside guy on March 15th, 2012 9:09 pm

    How many additional scoring opportunities have the Giants gotten tonight due to sub-par defense on the Mariners side?

  27. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 9:18 pm

    Too many!

  28. Westside guy on March 15th, 2012 9:23 pm

    Exactly. If we’d played reasonably well in the field… we’d probably be tied or in the lead.

  29. Jay Yencich on March 15th, 2012 9:26 pm

    Vinnie Catricala seems okay at the hot corner.

  30. Westside guy on March 15th, 2012 9:28 pm

    That was a nice play!

  31. Westside guy on March 15th, 2012 9:29 pm

    Do we really, truly need to start the season with Chone Figgins on the roster?

  32. Westside guy on March 15th, 2012 9:30 pm

    This AB wasn’t as atrocious; but tonight Peguero looked more like 2011 Peguero.

  33. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 9:40 pm

    I know it’s common in spring to see errors, but it would be nice to see more ‘earned runs’ from our guys;)

  34. Breadbaker on March 15th, 2012 9:41 pm

    Dear Mr. Rizzs,

    It is actually legal not to tell the same stories each time you mention a ballplayer’s name. Some of us might be interested in hearing about the new players on the field, even if they aren’t coming up this year, instead of having you tell us again about Chris Bosio’s no-hitter. I saw Chris Bosio’s no-hitter; you have nothing new to say about it or to ask about it.


  35. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 9:45 pm

    I still wonder if Figgins finds a new home following spring, or shortly after.

  36. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 9:47 pm

    Well, Ramirez still looked pretty good tonight. Certainly some positives. It’s a safe bet Mike Wilson wont be the starting right fielder:P

  37. Westside guy on March 15th, 2012 9:51 pm

    I swear that photo they use of Ramirez looks like a baby wearing a tiny Mariners uniform.

  38. stevemotivateir on March 15th, 2012 9:57 pm

    haha, yeah, it’s kinda weird looking. Would be funny to actually see a doctored photo of him as a kid in a M’s uniform, side by side with the current.

  39. paracorto on March 16th, 2012 6:02 am

    “Vinnie Catricala seems okay at the hot corner.”

    How’s in the batter box ?

  40. raul_podzednick on March 16th, 2012 9:54 am

    I am getting pretty excited about the future.

    Zunino C
    Catricala 3B
    Franklin SS
    Ackley 2B
    Smoak 1B
    Montero DH
    Carp LF
    Saunders CF
    Wells RF

    Seager Utility


  41. on March 16th, 2012 10:53 am

    Catricala is hitting .308 this spring. He’s shown he has some power but like most power guys, strikes out a lot. He’s young and has potential to be a very good hitter in the league. “potential” key word there. Just like a lot of Mariners right now. Doesn’t mean I’m not excited about them.

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