Cactus League Games 5+6: Rockies at Mariners, and Mariners at Reds

marc w · March 3, 2014 at 11:45 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Blake Beavan vs. Brett Anderson, Erasmo Ramirez vs. Alfredo Simon, 12:05

The M’s split into two groups today to take on Colorado and Cincinnati. The benefits of this baseballing mitosis are several: they get to take a look at two candidates for the 5th starter job (at least until Iwakuma’s back) in one day, and they’re able to showcase Nick Franklin at SS while giving Brad Miller some game action as well. Logan Morrison can play 1B AND Justin Smoak can play 1B.

Courtesy of Shannon Drayer, Kyle Seager’s absence from the line-up now has an explanation: he jammed his finger sliding into 3B in the first game, and should be ready to return to the line-up soon. That’s great news for everyone but Nate Tenbrink.

Peoria Line-up:
1: Almonte, CF
2: Franklin, SS
3: Cano, 2B
4: Smoak, 1B
5: Hart, DH
6: Ackley, LF
7: Avery, RF
8: Bloomquist, 3B
9: Quintero, C
SP: Beavan

Gooodyear line-up:
1: Chavez, CF
2: Miller, SS
3: Morrison, 1B
4: Montero, DH
5: Saunders, RF
6: Romero, LF
7: Tenbrink, 3B
8: Zunino, C
9: Triunfel, 2B
SP: Ramirez

The game in Peoria will be broadcast on local radio (710am) on delay, but should be streaming live at

Here’s a good article on the fielding system I talked about yesterday by Jack Moore.

The UW Huskies baseball team kicked off baseball at Cheney Stadium this week with a planned four-game set against UC-Davis. They got in three games – one on Friday, and a doubleheader Saturday, before Sunday’s contest was rained out. UW won all three games.


11 Responses to “Cactus League Games 5+6: Rockies at Mariners, and Mariners at Reds”

  1. unkrusty on March 3rd, 2014 2:35 pm

    Wait, THAT Brett Anderson?….and another couple of hits for Ackley.

  2. Westside guy on March 3rd, 2014 3:53 pm

    Okay if people are going to start proclaiming Ackley “fixed” after a few spring training games, are they also going to proclaim Almonte is “broken”?

    Spring training stats are meaningless.

  3. MrZDevotee on March 3rd, 2014 4:37 pm

    But how ’bout that .833 winning percentage? Best record in baseball… World Series baby!!!


    Uh, er… (cough) Sorry. Got carried away…

  4. Woodcutta on March 3rd, 2014 4:59 pm

    So Hart stole home. Hopefully that is a good sign that he is healthy.

  5. TherzAlwaysHope on March 3rd, 2014 6:07 pm

    Ackley’s BA drops 100 points as soon as he gets big league pitching. He’s fixed when he hits in the regular season.

  6. casey on March 3rd, 2014 6:27 pm

    was checking out Indians blog yesterday and many couldn’t believe their young stud flame thrower Bauer gave up a homer to that “scrub” who hits like Mendoza named Ackley. A pitcher of Bauer’s quality should just throw a fastball by a guy like that. Most figured it was just spring training luck – never happen in regular season…

  7. greentunic on March 3rd, 2014 9:41 pm

    The Mariners are a joke in the eyes of non-Mariner fans. Until we are successful (ya I say “we”), that’s how I like it. I feel less pressure as a fan, if that makes a lick of sense.

  8. Woodcutta on March 4th, 2014 3:12 am

    Ackely hasn’t lived up to expectations but “hits like Mendoza” is a little harsh. Also, flamethrowers are more likely to give up home runs to “scrubs” not less.

    Now, I’m not jumping up and down yet about Ackley’s early Spring Training success but he hit a grand total of FOUR home runs last year. He’s already hit one in ST and another one off of the base of the wall. His lack of power (not necessarily HR power but gap power as well) was a huge concern last year and the early results are a good sign. Now that doesn’t mean I expect him to hit 30 HR’s during the season but 15-20 seem within reach or at least a possibility.

  9. stevemotivateir on March 4th, 2014 8:15 am

    I’m more interested in how Ackley looks defensively this spring. Everyone should know by now that the batting lines say little. What he did at the plate the second half last season is far more encouraging than whatever bloated numbers he and half the team end up with at the end of the month.

  10. gwangung on March 4th, 2014 9:58 am

    Batting lines say little, but HOW he gets those numbers is useful, I think.

    Like Saunders’ spring a couple years ago, I think a continued performance like this is a good thing for Ackley. Having a higher ISO and making solid contact on his hits is promising.

  11. stevemotivateir on March 4th, 2014 3:58 pm

    Great idea for a new stat: wHOW.

    Seriously, there’s little reason to read into any of it.

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