Simply put, the Mariners are the hit parade this Spring. Their lowest hit total has been nine through the first five games of Spring Training, and they’re averaging thirteen hits per game thus far.
Leonys Martin hopped in as Grand Marshall of the parade for today, ending with three hits, including two doubles and drove in a run as well. Boog Powell and Tyler O’Neill added two hits apiece and each drove in a run. The offensive production from Mariner outfielders has been nothing short of phenomenal through five games, and answers a lot of doubts about what could have been the weakest part of the Mariner roster in 2017.
Guillermo Heredia has unquestionably been the highlight of the offensive surge in the outfield, he ended up with a double and an RBI today, and added a stellar defensive play on the other side of the ball. Assuming everything remains as-is until the end of the Spring, the M’s could have a tough choice on who to keep on the 40-man roster. It’ll be interesting to see who fills in at the backup spots for Martin, Dyson, and Haniger, who are slotted to start Opening Day.
In other news MIKE ZUNINO DREW ANOTHER WALK. Guys, he’s looking so grown up now. Unfortunately, he also struck out. Can win ‘em all.
Speaking of walks, Robinson Canó has now drawn 5 in Spring Training. He’s been relatively quiet offensively, especially compared to the production of Mariner outfielders and his Dominican teammates Cruz and Segura, but his patience at the plate is a great veteran example to the clubhouse of instituting the C the Z philosophy.
Drew Smyly had a solid first start of the Spring. He struck out two, only allowed one walk and had no earned runs. Can’t get much better than that. Thyago Vieira worked the fifth inning and came away with the win. The Mariners did a great job limiting the big Cleveland bats. Encarnación went 1-2, and Lindor and Santana each came away hitless in three at bats. Edwin Diaz made his Spring debut in the fourth and recorded a strikeout while allowing no runs.
All signs are pointing to a great regular season for Seattle, but let’s not speak too soon. They square off agains the Brewers tomorrow in Peoria.