Mariners Spring Training Game Sixteen: Angels 9, Mariners 2

I’ve never been a big fan of the Angels. Between the fact that they’re in the AL West, they’ve spoiled a few postseason runs for the Mariners, and that their uniforms look like a generic create-a-team package from a baseball video game, they just get on my bad side. Today, they handed the M’s a 9-2 loss, thus strengthening my disdain towards them.

Ariel Miranda, who had been solid previously, didn’t make it out of the second after giving up four hits, two walks, and four earned runs. He’s likely headed for a bullpen role rather than a rotation spot, and with performances like the one we saw today, that seems more and more to be the case.

Max Povse, the six-eight reliever acquired from Atlanta this offseason, provided three shutout innings. Over his six innings pitched this Spring, he hasn’t allowed a hit. Solid acquisition by DiPoto. With the weak performances from bullpen staff this Spring, Povse may be on the receiving end of a good amount of time on the 40-man roster. He’s supposed to start the season in AAA, but we’ll see what changes Servais and DiPoto make based off of this Spring.

At the plate, the M’s struggled to Control the Zone, recording only two walks to the Angels’ five on the game. Guillermo Heredia, who had a hot start to the Spring, went 0-3 today, his average is now at .429 over the last few weeks. He also recorded a throwing error, one of Seattle’s three on the game today, which allowed a run. He still has one of the strongest cases for a backup outfield spot, if not the strongest.

Oregon State product and today’s starting second baseman Tyler Smith stepped up for the M’s today, providing two hits including a home run which drove in the Mariners’ only two runs of the day. Apart from that, there really isn’t anything to talk about offensively from today’s action.

DiPoto continues to deal, trading the ambidextrous sideshow of mediocrity Pet Venditte to Philly for OF Joey Curlette. I know nothing about him, but I like the deal already.

In World Baseball Classic action, the Dominican Republic continues to roll, taking out team Colombia 10-3 today. Puerto Rico remains undefeated as well, they’re looking on their way to a 2013 title game repeat. Team USA is currently smashing Team Canada 7-0 in the fifth inning, showing that we don’t need hockey, anyway.

The M’s head to Phoenix to face Milwaukee tomorrow, Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start.