Today the Mariners are 6-1. That’s pretty cool, but it’s also Spring Training which makes it less cool. They are playing the Cleveland Indians who are 5-1, which is cool, but it’s also Spring Training… you catch my drift. The Indians were pretty good last year, so that’s something.
Time of game: 12:05 PM Pacific (which is 9:05 PM in Paris for all those wondering– I don’t know how I am going to watch games when they start at 3 AM; insomniac anyone?)
Location: Surprise, Arizona.
Weather at first pitch: 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Wow I am jealous.
Mariners: James Paxton
Indians: Travis Banwart (a non-roster invitee)
It looks like a bullpen day for the Tribe.
Ryan Raburn DH
Of note: A lot of these names sound familiar, but not because they’ve been playing for the Indians. This lineup is resplendent with non-roster invitees fighting for a spot in the Major League squad.
Maybe the M’s can start Spring Training going 7-1. That’d be cool, except it doesn’t matter.
Keep an eye on Ackley, now batting 6th. If he keeps this up he may stay there for most of the season, or he may be tried at leadoff again. Although, if Almonte keeps it up, it looks like he has the speed to really make an impact at the top of the order.
Go Mariners and happy Wednesday! Perfect day in Arizona for baseball.