Weird Cactus League: M’s vs. Padres

marc w · March 11, 2020 at 5:15 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Marco Gonzales vs. Dinelson Lamet, 6:40pm

Today we learned that the M’s won’t be making their season-opening homestand. They’ll be somewhere else, maybe in Arizona. It’s like an extended version of the Cactus League, I guess? But the games count? It’s going to be seriously weird, but hopefully it might play some small role in getting Covid-19 transmission under control in King County.

Shed Long summed it how everyone’s feeling in a two-word tweet: This sucks.

It’s so strange to focus on baseball right now, and stranger to focus on spring training. It’s done what it needed to do, which is to supply some optimism to a fanbase that needs it. Justus Sheffield’s looked great, Kyle Lewis has hit bombs, Jarred Kelenic did well, and Logan Gilbert was sharp the other day. The team’ll be bad this year, but the Cactus League isn’t about that: it’s about giving fans a glimpse of what a good M’s team might look like. I’m still somewhat skeptical that the M’s can keep up with their rivals, who, let’s remember, have prospects of their own to dream on, and whose big league roster is a little less, uh, bad. But that’s for another day, when we can go to a game and have a beer and argue about Sheffield’s new sinker, or Kyle Lewis’ strike rate, or JP Crawford’s ceiling.

1: Long, 2B
2: White, 1B
3: Vogelbach, DH
4: Lewis, RF
5: Marmolejos, LF
6: Nola, C
7: Crawford, SS
8: Smith, CF
9: Lopes, 3B
SP: Marco Gonzales


One Response to “Weird Cactus League: M’s vs. Padres”

  1. Stevemotivateir on March 12th, 2020 9:08 pm

    The AFL season starts on the 19th. I would recommend bored fans check that out.

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