I can’t stand these tie games. At least end the game with a coin toss or something. I can sleep at night knowing that this is something that doesn’t move on from Spring, but if they propose ties be part of the game to cut down on the length of the games, I might have to switch to the NBA or something. And I am nowhere near tall enough for that crowd.
25-Man Roster and Other Moves
To begin, a big congrats to the guys who made the 25-man roster announced this morning. Guillermo Heredia won out the fourth outfielder job, sending Ben Gamel to start the season in Tacoma. Drew Smyly, who was scratched from his final start of the Spring due to a “soggy arm”, will start the season on the DL and miss 6-8 weeks with a strained elbow, which means Ariel Miranda will be starting the season in his place. Dillon Overton won out the eighth bullpen spot as a long reliever.
The M’s also inked pitcher Mark Lowe and infielder Gordon Beckham to minor league contracts this week. All in all, It’s a great roster, and the talent at the AAA level gives the M’s depth going into the year.
Segura Perfect at the Plate
The M’s have experimented this season with Jarrod Dyson in the leadoff spot, but it looks like keeping the 2016 NL Hit Leader in the leadoff spot is the right move with performances like this. He registered a walk and was a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-3 at the plate. He stole a base and scored three runs, that’s more than a team could ask for from the leadoff guy. With a year like he had last year, it’s not a stretch to think he can turn out games like this consistently.
Opening Day Lineup
It’s looking like today’s lineup will be what Seattle will stick with as the season opens. The main changes from the original lineup include the obvious substitution of Danny Valencia for Vogelbach, and Carlos Ruiz instead of Mike Zunino, but it seems those two will be splitting time pretty evenly throughout the season. It’s a good look, especially with Segura and Haniger batting in front of Canó and Cruz.
Paxton had a stellar three innings in his start, striking out four and allowing only three hits. With Smyly out for a while, Paxton will really need to step up as the primo lefty in the rotation. Dillon Overton, who was particularly stoked upon making the 25-man roster, pitched a good 2.2 innings as well, striking out three and allowing just one run.
Yovani Gallardo gets the start against the Rockies tomorrow as the Mariners conclude Spring Training. They begin the regular season in Houston on Monday.