Mariner Spring Training Games Twenty-Eight and Twenty-Nine

It’s a weird position to be in when you write about a team that just got no-hit. It’s tempting to just write “Welp, we blew it today, let’s see how tomorrow goes!” but there were some good things to touch on as well from today’s games, so all is well. We’re ten days out from Opening Day, and the M’s are looking well-rounded as the roster takes shape.

Mariners Forget How to Hit Against Anaheim

 Eight Angels pitchers threw a combined no-hitter yesterday, despite Leonys Martin, Jean Segura, and Taylor Motter, all regular season roster players, being in the lineup. The M’s struck out 12 times and only drew one walk from Zach Shank, who has been a solid contributor in his little time on the field.

We did, however, get to see a solid defensive play from Taylor Motter at first base. After letting a grounder dribble past him (Tyler Smith picked it up and Miranda covered first to record the out), he snared a sharp liner from Mike Trout to end the inning. With the shadows on the field, and Mike Trout being Mike freaking Trout, it had to feel good for Motter. He’s looked good at first, which is where he’ll likely get most of his playing time this season behind projected starter Danny Valencia. O’Malley could take over if Motter struggles, but I like Motter’s offensive production and “sneaky power” as his coaches have called it over O’Malley’s production and defensive struggles.

Offense Comes Together Against Duffy

 Against Kansas City, the M’s strung together some great run production to earn the win. Kyle Seager woke up and launched his first homer of the Spring, a two-run shot into the left field bullpen in the third. Haniger added an RBI double, his eighth of a very impressive Spring. If you’ve watched or followed even a little bit of Spring Training this year, you have to be excited about Haniger. He went from being just another name in a trade to looking like one of the M’s bigger offensive threats. Edgar Martinez (blessed be his name) has to shed a tear like a proud father seeing all these doubles add up for Haniger, except Edgar doesn’t cry. If you say he does, you’re a liar.

Kansas City has had a tragic offseason, and their rotation has been the most affected logistically. Duffy put on an incredible show in the WBC, showing he’s earned his spot as Opening Day starter for Kansas City. Granted, one of those starts was against Team Canada, and it wasn’t a hockey game.

Iwakuma Puts Together a Solid Start

 Kuma had a great 5.2 innings of work, allowing only one earned run. After two shaky starts this season, he’s looked sharp the last two outings. His only mistake was a home run given up to Jorge Soler, otherwise he was making his pitches and getting outs. Can’t ask for much more than that. He’s a solid second starter to Felix, and his consistency will help the M’s when Felix isn’t on the mound.

 

The M’s take on the Rangers tomorrow, Dillon Overton gets the start.