Sep 25, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush (41) throws a pitch in the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

No News Is Good News...Or Is It Just No News?

Well, we’ve come to that point where Spring Training lures us into a lull. Yes the Seattle Mariners are in Japan battling it out against their Japanese brethren, but that’s not exciting for me. I’m just jealous; I want to be in Japan… Hey remember Kenji Johjima?

Anyways, it sure seems like this lull comes year in and year out. The regular season is so close, the roster is tightening up, and the the games still don’t count. The Mariners have a few spots they have yet to give away, but I’d be lying if I said I was super interested. Now if I believed Catricala had an actual chance of stealing a roster spot, I might be in a different state of mind. As it stands today the opening day squad might resemble something close to this:

3B Chone Figgins

2B Dustin Ackley

RF Ichiro Suzuki

1B Justin Smoak

DH Jesus Montero

LF Mike Carp

C Miguel Olivo

CF Michael Saunders

SS Brendan Ryan


INF Munenori Kawasaki

INF Kyle Seager

C John Jaso

OF Casper Wells

Alternate lineups might include Peguero (and not Wells) for some reason, Figgins in CF and Catricala at 3B, or Figgins in CF and Seager at 3B. The bullpen should really be a post in its own, but I don’t have a clue which way management is leaning. Tom Wilhelmsen is probably a lock, and with the way Luetge has pitched I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the organization decided to keep him around, but really it’s a toss up. Furbursh is probably Tacoma-bound, which isn’t necessarily a terrible thing considering that is the best way to find out what they have. He has quietly put together a solid spring thus far but even so, the Mariners already have Iwakuma and Charlie is young with options. I believe the Mariners view him as a starter so AAA is the only way he is going to see enough innings. Don’t expect him down there all year though, because as I’ve stated before, in today’s game it is nearly impossible to keep your original five healthy all season long

News is slow and it has been difficult to write; I don’t have a whole lot brewing in the custom ideas department currently. I still have one more game to look forward too this season in Peoria, and I’ll be sure to put something up about how polished (or unpolished) players and the team as a whole look.

I look forward to real, meaningful games. Don’t forget to set your alarms, 3 AM baseball…

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  • maqman

    If one of the starters goes down in the first month or so I think they will plug Erasmo Ramirez into the slot,  Furbush will have to show well in Tacoma to get a call up, unless they want him in the bullpen.   Cat the Bat likewise has to show against AAA arms before they bring him up, all depending on how busy the DL is and how others like Peguero do in the early going.

  • Harrison_Crow

    Really hope Furbush doesn’t turn into French 2.0

  • maqman

     @Harrison_Crow That would not surprise me.

  • Mariner_Melee

     @Harrison_Crow Oh boy. I think Furbush is better, but there was a time I thought French was a diamond in the rough…so…