Cactus League Game 27 – Mariners at Rockies (again)
We’ve finally made it to the end of spring training. It’s minor league opening day eve, and there’s another oddball “real” MLB game tonight, ahead of tomorrow’s opening day for most and Friday’s “did we forget anyone?” opening day redux.
The M’s will send Hector Noesi to the hill in what’s actually a fairly interesting game for the presumptive #3 starter. With Charlie Furbush and Erasmo Ramirez in the bullpen (one in Tacoma and one in Seattle). If they lose a starter, it won’t take long for one of them to get stretched out, but you’d think one of the 6th or 7th starters would be…starting somewhere.
High Desert kicks off tomorrow as well, and the High Desert Daily Press has a great interview with new manager (and last year’s Minor League Coordinator) Pedro Grifol.
Jackson’s roster’s the one everyone will focus on thanks to the presence of Paxton, Walker, Hultzen and Franklin – but it’s under-the-radar command pitcher Andrew Carraway who’ll get the ball on opening day. According to Chris Harris, it’l be Carraway, then Paxton, then Brandon Maurer, then Hultzen and then Taijuan Walker. That means high-ceiling prospect Carter Capps will start in the pen for Jackson, fresh off his eye-opening inning in a big league game last week. I know a lot of us were eager to see what he could do as a starter, but he could move very quickly as a late-game reliever.
Here’s the line-up for the final game of the second phase of spring training. Yes, yes, it started a while ago. Oops.
1: Figgins (LF)
2: Ackley (2B)
3: Suzuki (RF)
4: Smoak (1B)
5: Seager (3B)
6: Ryan (SS)
7: Saunders (CF)
8: Wells (DH)
9: Jaso (C)