Cactus League Game 2, Cubs at Mariners

marc w · February 24, 2020 at 11:52 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Marco Gonzales vs. Adbert Alzolay, 12:10pm

The M’s starters were a bit listless yesterday against Texas, but Evan White made a couple of good defensive plays, and Yusei Kikuchi’s mechanical tweaks seemed to allow his velo to play up a bit, but he still had some issues closing out innings – though a 1st inning error didn’t help.

Today, the Cubs come to Peoria, with prospect Adbert Alzolay starting. Alzolay opened eyes in the Northwest League years ago, but he’s struggled a bit in the high minors. He did make his debut for Chicago last year. He’s a righty with a FB around 94, and a curve/change mix behind it. Nothing really stands out movement-wise.

It’ll be interesting to see Marco Gonzales this year. In a long conversation with Ryan Rowland-Smith, Marco decried the increasing importance of velocity, and how it’s led many to underestimate him. He doesn’t need to sit 94, but man, I keep thinking he’d be more of a legitimate #2/#1 if he got back the MPH he lost a few years ago.

1: Fraley, LF
2: Nola, C
3: Seager, 3B
4: Wisdom, 1B
5: CarGo, RF
6: Lopes, 2B
7: Filia, DH
8: D. Moore, SS
9: J. Siri, CF


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