Cactus League Game 17, Cubs at Mariners
Randy Wolf vs. James McDonald, 7:05
A mid-March battle between two underwhelming pitchers coming off serious injuries and trying to make their respective clubs on minor league/non-roster invites. Yeah. Certain games, even the occasional spring training game, just sell themselves. Selling this one’s going to take a lot more marketing savvy than I’ve got.
It IS on tv, and that’s cool. We could check in on Wolf’s progress in picking up a split-fingered fastball. Or, we could bask in the most gorgeous evening of the young year here in the Pacific Northwest.
1: Almonte, CF
2: Seager, 3B
3: Cano, 2B
4: Smoak, 1B
5: Morrison, DH
6: Ackley, LF
7: Saunders, RF
8: Zunino, C
9: Miller, SS
That line-up looks pretty close to what I figure we’ll see on opening day, with Corey Hart subbing in for Saunders or Morrison against lefties.
Tonight’s game on MLB.tv and on ROOT sports for viewers in the Seattle area.
The Rainiers have a manager – it’s Roy Howell!