Mariners Spring Training Game Thirty-Two: Padres 12, Mariners 2

C’mon, Gallardo, it’s the PADRES, for crying out loud. Their arms are likely still recovering from egging the crap out of Qualcomm Stadium, but they still got the best of the M’s today.

Gallardo Stumbles

 Yovani Gallardo made what is likely his last start of the Spring, and let’s hope it was just fatigue. Over 4.1, he gave up three home runs, two walks, and seven earned runs. We know he’s better than this, that’s why DiPoto went after him, but it’s tough to watch.

He wasn’t the only Mariner pitcher to struggle, Marc Rzepczynski allowed three earned runs and a long ball in a very short outing, and even Edwin Diaz couldn’t make it out of his lone inning of work. He managed to strike out two, but gave up two straight walks and a hit to load the bases in the seventh.

The Padres managed four two-run home runs off of Mariner arms, including one by former Mariner Luis Sardiñas, whose bat might weigh more than he did when he arrived in the Mariner organization.

Seager Efficient With His At-Bats

 Kyle Seager hasn’t had the most explosive Spring, but he didn’t need to. Lately, however, he’s stepped up a bit and earned more base hits and raised his Spring average to .308. He recorded two hits and a walk in three plate appearances, a very efficient outing for the veteran.

Apart from that, there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about offensively for the Mariners, although they did draw eight walks over the course of the game. Two of those came from Guillermo Heredia, who still finds himself in the middle of a position battle with Ben Gamel, who has experienced a bit of an offensive surge of late. This decision may not be made until camp officially breaks, but it’ll be an important one going into the season.

Prep for Final Roster Decisions

 It’s looking more and more like the Mariners will come into the season with 13 pitchers. This may seem excessive, but they do start the season with ten straight games. There are few changes to the starting position players, apart from the major decision to sent Vogelbach to the minors and start Valencia at first. Ruiz and Motter will start out on the bench, and that third position player bench spot will be filled by Gamel or Heredia. While O’Malley, Shank, Tyler Smith, and others will likely start the Spring in the minors, there’s a good chance we’ll see them with the major league club this season. This is a good thing if you’re a Mariners fan, having a deep selection of players at AAA with minor league options gives this team not only depth, but longevity. Remember, DiPoto is in WIN-NOW mode, and this club is poised to compete in the relentless AL West and make a postseason run.

 

The M’s host the D-backs in Peoria tomorrow, with Zack Greinke and Felix Hernandez going head-to-head.