Cactus League Game 23, Padres at Mariners

Jay Yencich · March 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm · Filed Under Game Threads, Mariners, Minor Leagues 

I think somewhere in the Cactus League rulebook, there’s something that says that in any given game, so as not to disappoint the fans, x number of “starters” must appear so that a sense of decency can be maintained. The Mariners, returning from Japan maddened by fame and sleep deprivation, have decided that the rules no longer apply to them. The Padres will be sending out a split squad, and will find themselves adhering to that starter quota, but oh, what they have in store for them, friends…

CF Denny Almonte
LF Daniel Carroll
SS Brad Miller
1B Rich Poythress
2B Stefen Romero
3B Mario Martinez
DH Joe Dunigan
C Jesus Sucre
RF James Jones

RHP Kevin Millwood

What I like best about this lineup is how the outfielders go in order from right to left as the lineup turns over and how the basemen do the same in the heart of the order. There are some things that make sense in this, like Carroll being a decent on-base presence as the #2 hitter and Poythress, Martinez, and to a lesser extent, Romero possessing some power for the middle of the lineup, but overall it looks like an arbitrary order was imposed without consideration for what might work best.

And we even have reserves! Johan Limonta, Jamal Austin, John Hicks, Mike Dowd, Leury Bonilla, and Scott Savastano could all see time. The bullpen will be Bobby LaFromboise, Brian Sweeney, Carter Capps, Stephen Pryor, and Tyler Burgoon. This is almost entirely meaningless to anyone but me!

Tune in at 6 pm for this particular brand of madness.


16 Responses to “Cactus League Game 23, Padres at Mariners”

  1. jld on March 31st, 2012 1:46 pm

    I wonder how Kevin Millwood feels. Some of those guys could probably be his kids.

  2. Westside guy on March 31st, 2012 2:00 pm

    Well, at least we have a Jesus catching…

  3. Jay Yencich on March 31st, 2012 2:00 pm

    Now Larry Stone is saying that it’s Mario Martinez and not Francisco Martinez, which means that no one in the lineup is even on the 40-man.

    Rock on, Mariners.

  4. TherzAlwaysHope on March 31st, 2012 4:40 pm

    Calling this lineup “madness” is … well, madness. Having experienced their kind of jet lag before, I would say I would be a danger to myself out on the playing field. If I were a GM, I would tell the manager to give the boys some time to transition. It is not worth it.

    I recognize that the USS Mariner is all about finding stuff to be outraged about, but get a grip.

  5. Milendriel on March 31st, 2012 5:35 pm

    TherzAlwaysHope: I hope this isn’t too awkward for you, but there’s no evidence Jay is “outraged” about the lineup.

  6. Westside guy on March 31st, 2012 5:43 pm

    Well I am outraged. OUTRAGED, I tell you!

  7. groundzero55 on March 31st, 2012 6:08 pm

    I actually think it’s kind of interesting. If they somehow win, that’s just icing on the cake.

  8. stevemotivateir on March 31st, 2012 7:51 pm

    Let’s hear it for our 2016 Seattle Mariners!

  9. groundzero55 on March 31st, 2012 8:12 pm

    Mostly a singles party going on. In addition, I think you can clearly see who is a legitimate prospect, and who is merely depth for the system.
    Add: Carter Capps is throwing HARD. I didn’t know he was a heater guy.

  10. groundzero55 on March 31st, 2012 8:34 pm

    And a convincing win for Mariners A/AA vs. Padres.

  11. Longgeorge1 on March 31st, 2012 9:04 pm

    A better offensive showing than the 2012 AAAA Mariners

  12. TherzAlwaysHope on March 31st, 2012 9:14 pm

    Milendriel: Thanks for caring. That was really special of you. What words would you use then. Sneering? Cynical? It just gets a little tiresome.

  13. Westside guy on March 31st, 2012 9:30 pm

    Carter Capps is a great baseball name.

  14. Milendriel on March 31st, 2012 9:34 pm

    TherzAlwaysHope: Try “lighthearted,” an attitude you may want to adopt yourself.

  15. Paul B on April 1st, 2012 7:17 am

    Was this a Mariner AA team, rather tHan a AAA one?

    Ha ha, Padres.

  16. TherzAlwaysHope on April 1st, 2012 8:47 am

    Milendriel: Thanks for demonstrating so well what “lighthearted” is. Look, the post was just silly and so is this “conversation.”

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