Cactus League Game 19, Red at Mariners (Plus B Game vs. Cleveland)
Joe Saunders vs. Homer Bailey, 1:05pm
Ok, Saunders. The last time we saw you in Peoria you were throwing 82mph gas. Let’s see something a little more April-ready from you today. James Paxton starts the B game, and while we won’t get any velocity data, and while the results don’t matter, I’d sure like to hear that he looked like himself again.
In the cactus league game, Casper Wells gets a rare start in CF. I’m glad he’s getting an opportunity to demonstrate his utility. Carlos Triunfel moves around to 3B today for much the same reason – he’s got an outside shot at the utility infield job we’ve all assumed was Robert Andino’s. Yesterday’s homer probably helped Carlos’ cause.
Line-up vs. Cin:
1: Seager, 2B
2: Wells, CF
3: Morales, DH
4: Morse, RF
5: Smoak, 1B
6: Peguero, LF
7: Sucre, C
8: Triunfel, 3B
9: Ryan, SS
Dustin Ackley’s at 1B in the B game, with Nick Franklin at SS (Brad Miller shifts to 3B) and over-slot 2012 draft pick Timmy Lopes at 2B.