Guillermo Heredia, you need to knock it off. We get it, you can hit the cover off the ball. You can play all the outfield positions. You’re wicked fast. We just need you to save this for another month or so.
I’m worried the curse will continue and Heredia’s dominant Spring will turn into a mediocre regular season, but for now let’s just bask in the dominance that is Guillermo Heredia. Over six games, he’s batting .583 with seven RBI, and he’s played sound defense in multiple outfield positions. He’s making an incredible case for a backup outfield spot, and if he keeps it up, it’s his.
The Mariners continued to control the zone today, coming away with twelve hits and six walks and only striking out four times. Their discipline is incredible. For years, my father and I discussed and dreamt of the day Edgar would be hired as the hitting coach. That day has come, and it’s even better than we imagined. The next step is hiring Griffey as the bench coach, but we’ll talk about that another time…
Nelson Cruz came away with a double and Carlos Ruiz recorded a hit and a walk in two at-bats and drove in a run. Segura went 0-3 but is still showing his value through the Spring.
Ariel Miranda pitched three solid innings, he didn’t record a strikeout and allowed three hits and a run, but he’s looking consistent over five innings pitched so far this Spring. A small sample, yes, but a good one. The only other run was allowed by sideshow switch pitcher Pat Venditte. It’s very impressive to do what he does, but his numbers (4.97 ERA and 1.36 WHIP for his career, 5.73 and 1.59 in 2016) speak against his versatility. Watching a guy pitch with both hands might be fun to watch in a little league or a high school game, but there’s a reason he spends most of his time in the minors.
DiPoto continues to deal in the Spring, acquiring minor league pitcher Chase De Jong from the Dodgers. He had a solid showing in AA last year and will start out the season in AAA. The Mariners have apparently been trying to acquire him for some time, and of the trade, DiPoto said: “I guess the Dodgers’ embarrassment of riches worked in our favor.”
The Mariners face the Rangers tomorrow in Surprise, and we get our first look at Hisashi Iwakuma this Spring.