Yeah, looks like someone needs a day off. Apparently players and coaches have been complaining about how long this Spring Training is, even though it’s just a week longer than usual. After two consecutive blowout losses, let’s just say the Mariners are tired from the extra week or so, why don’t we?
Felix Makes it Short and Sweet
The King came out and pitched two innings, which was the plan all along, and looked great. His only smudge was a home run by Brandon Drury, but that was his only allowed hit and run. He struck out four and is really looking like the King we used to know. I still don’t expect him to post the strikeout numbers he did pre-2016, but if he can have a healthier year this year, he’ll be as dangerous as ever.
Casey Fien got rocked by the D-backs, not the best timing as the roster gets finished up this week. He’s still looking like one of the more solid choices for the bullpen going into Opening Day, but by no means is he a lock. He gave up two home runs, six hits total, and six runs in his two innings of work. The problem with Spring Training is the small sample size, but it’s really all we have to go off of when these new guys come in to compete for a job. Fien’s veteran presence could hold sway as everything gets put in order this week.
Mitch Freaking Haniger
This guy. Again, Spring Training stats have to be taken with a grain of salt, but Haniger is taking full advantage of this time to show us what he’s got. He smacked his eleventh double of the Spring and drew a walk while driving in a run. I seriously pray he carries this production into the regular season, that’d be greeeeat.
Gamel came through with a base hit again, he’s been consistent if nothing else these last few games as that battle for the fourth outfielder spot comes to its end. Heredia didn’t record a hit or get on base today. Gamel might be surging at just the right time this Spring to steal that roster spot from Hereida, but that’ll be seen to as the week comes to an end.
Hisashi Iwakuma and the M’s host Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers tomorrow in Peoria, followed by a much-needed rest day on Thursday. Kershaw’s last outing against Seattle went great for Seattle bats, let’s see how this one goes.