Yes indeed! The Seattle Mariners are playing baseball tomorrow! We finally have our first lineup of 2018. But what does it look like? And what does it mean?
Our first Mariners lineup of 2018 is here and it looks like this:
- Dee Gordon, CF
- Jean Segura, SS
- Kyle Seager, 3B
- Mike Zunino, C
- Ben Gamel, LF
- Dan Vogelbach, DH
- Cameron Perkins, RF
- Mike Ford, 1B
- Andrew Romine, 2B
Ariel Miranda, LHP, will start the first game for the Mariners against the San Diego Padres. This lineup is without notable names, such as Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, but this lineup has a lot to talk about.
To begin, we get to see Dee Gordon for the first time playing Center. It has been made well known that Gordon had not played a single game in Center in his major League career, but we all know how athletic he is, and his athleticism should translate to a serviceable CF, at the very minimum.
Even with a par performance defensively, he will be a nice change to what Mariner fans are used to atop the lineup. With 60+ stolen base potential, Gordon will be a run machine for the 2018 Mariners.
Next, there is the first base battle. With Ryon Healy on the shelf for 4-6 weeks with surgery to remove bone spurs from his right wrist, you have Mike Ford and Dan Vogelbach. Mike Ford was taken in the Rule 5 Draft back in December from the Yankees. He has a legitimate shot at making the 25 man roster. Dan Vogelbach, on the other hand, has been a AAA All-star the past two seasons. He will need a great spring to have a shot at making the Opening Day roster.
Finally, you have the two guys missing from the lineup, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz. From Cruz and Cano, you know what you are going to get. Both being perennial all-stars, one could assume Mariners Skipper Scott Servais is holding his vets back. We will see them in live game action very soon.
You will get to see this team in action for the first time in 2018 this Saturday, the 24th, on Root Sports. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10.