Cactus League Game # Something or Other: Mariners at Rockies
King Felix vs. Franklin Morales, 6:40pm
More Felix is always a good thing, but it’s too bad the way the television schedule’s gone. We don’t get to SEE Felix, but we caught every pitch of the slugfest started by James McDonald and Randy Wolf.
Morales was once the second big prospect in the Rockies org behind Ubaldo Jimenez. But he never put it all together, and has bounced around as a sometimes-effective lefty reliever with Boston and Colorado. As Paul Swydan wrote recently, this season could be seen as his last chance. Mostly a situational reliever, Morales has a career FIP of over 4.5. Now he’s moving back to the rotation – or trying to.
King Felix is light, beauty and the absence of barriers to fulfillment and self-expression.
Some of his teammates have, of course, been barriers to his OWN fulfillment and self-expression, but maybe they’re a bit less barrier-y this go-round?
1: Almonte, CF
2: Seager, 3B
3: Romero, LF
4: Hart, 1B
5: Gillespie, DH
6: Ackley, LF
7: Buck, C
8: Miller, SS
9: Reinheimer, 2B
Reinheimer was the glove-first SS the M’s picked up in the 5th round of the last draft out of East Carolina.