Cactus League Game: M’s at Padres

marc w · March 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm · Filed Under Game Threads, Mariners 

Felix Hernandez vs. Tyson Ross, 7:05pm

So have the day’s revelations (really assumptions, but likely *correct* assumption) got you down? You didn’t really envision Erasmo going to the minors a week or two ago, did you? Jason Bay started in CF yesterday, but today Franklin Gutierrez is back and…oh, Jason Bay is *still* playing CF today. Huh.

If there’s one thing that makes being an M’s fan OK – more than OK – it’s King Felix. So King Felix is starting tonight, and that’s going to have to do.

1: Gutierrez, DH
2: Seager, 3B
3: Morales, 1B
4: Morse, LF
5: Wells, RF
6: Bay, CF
7: Ackley, 2B
8: Shoppach, C
9: Ryan, SS
SP: King Felix

It’s possible Bay’s in CF not because they actually anticipate using him there this season, but because Franklin Gutierrez’s leg ‘tightness’ still hasn’t fully un-tigh…you know, nevermind.

I mention this just about every time I see him, but Tyson Ross is an intriguing SP who just can’t stay healthy. He flings the ball across his body, and his stride length is as long as a toddler’s, if that toddler really needs to pee. But 95-96mph! An interesting change! I know, I know: the stride length help his 95-96mph appear more like 92 to hitters, and the whole across-his-body thing may have contributed to oblique injuries that sapped his effectiveness with Oakland. But I’ve consistently overrated him for years, and I’m going to gambler’s fallacy my way to being right (er, less wrong) one of these days.

[Breaking: M’s don’t guarantee Garland a roster spot, so he opts out of his contract. Sooooooo, about those assumptions….]


10 Responses to “Cactus League Game: M’s at Padres”

  1. Snuffy on March 22nd, 2013 6:32 pm

    Bay is in CF because they look to justify him over Casper. Whatever. If that happens, and Erasmo is in AAA then… just screw it all. I won’t waste my time watching over the summer. I’ve some really good homebrew to drink and I don’t need the downer.

  2. bookbook on March 22nd, 2013 6:49 pm

    Garland’s evidently gone. I now must confess that I can’t actually predict this FO at all. I’m fine with that.

  3. Paul B on March 22nd, 2013 7:10 pm

    Amazing, they made the right decision with Garland.

  4. Paul B on March 22nd, 2013 7:35 pm

    This game is televised. The bad news is that it will be shown on MLB at 6 AM Pacific tomorrow.

  5. Paul B on March 22nd, 2013 8:11 pm

    A moth just attacked Rizzs.

  6. Paul B on March 22nd, 2013 8:16 pm

    Right when he was talking about the salty seniorita, too.

  7. Longgeorge1 on March 22nd, 2013 8:51 pm

    If they keep Wells we finish 4th. If they keep Bay we finish 4th. If Garland was in the rotation we finish 4th. With MoMo and Beavan in the 4 and 5 spots we finish 4th. If Mauer slips in we finish 4th. Just enjoy we are #4

  8. bookbook on March 22nd, 2013 9:12 pm

    So said A’s fans in the spring of 2012

  9. Longgeorge1 on March 22nd, 2013 9:41 pm

    That’s why they play the games and we watch. BTW my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek

  10. The_Waco_Kid on March 22nd, 2013 11:51 pm

    Felix looked great tonight. Yay!

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