Cactus League Game 17, Cubs at Mariners

marc w · March 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm · Filed Under 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
SP: Wolf

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 and on ROOT sports for viewers in the Seattle area.

The Rainiers have a manager – it’s Roy Howell!


10 Responses to “Cactus League Game 17, Cubs at Mariners”

  1. Section329 on March 12th, 2014 7:43 pm

    Brad is the starting shortstop, Blo. There is no competition with Franklin.

  2. Longgeorge1 on March 12th, 2014 8:00 pm

    Agree that Miller is the SS, but I’m going to get real tired of Hart and Morrison if they don’t rake and Franklin is hitting .340 in T-town. I like Franklin and he needs a position (hint: he has enough arm for RF)

  3. groundzero55 on March 12th, 2014 8:31 pm

    I certainly hope Miller bats at the top of the lineup and not the bottom. Almonte isn’t ready to be leading off.

  4. absolutsyd on March 12th, 2014 9:01 pm

    Well, I’m already sick of Monterrible for 2014. Hilarious call though, asking if he’s coming out to get the pitcher or the first baseman!

  5. Section329 on March 12th, 2014 9:04 pm

    Jesus-2 error inning,argh. Hopefully it is safe to say we will never see him at Safeco.

  6. msfanmike on March 12th, 2014 9:04 pm

    Wow, Jesus Montero might be the worst 1B I have ever seen on any field.

  7. wabbles on March 12th, 2014 11:08 pm

    Sorry folks. I was just reading today that McClendon considers Smoak to be his starting first baseman the same way he considers Seager to be his starting third baseman.

  8. Westside guy on March 13th, 2014 8:26 am

    It’s quite possible Mac doesn’t have a lot of say regarding who his starting first baseman is.

  9. MrZDevotee on March 13th, 2014 10:20 am

    I know Spring Training numbers don’t mean anything, but are we really going into 2014 with Abe Almonte as our leadoff hitter? This is still just an “experiment” phase right?

    I don’t mind playing him, because defensively he’ll earn his keep (fingers crossed) but Miller or Seager makes more sense as the leadoff guy with the other batting 2nd… Almonte would seem to be a natural fit at 9th in the order.

  10. JasonJ on March 13th, 2014 10:49 am

    Agreed. A lot of lefties at the top but I would think most days it should look something like this:

    SS Miller (L)
    3B Seager (L)
    2B Cano (L)
    DH Hart (R)
    1B Smoak/Morrison (S/L)
    RF Saunders (L)
    C Zunino (R)
    LF Ackley (L)
    CF Almonte (S)

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