Seattle Mariners Spring Training Games Twenty-One and Twenty-Two

I really hope Clayton Kershaw wins the Cy Young this year.

Sure, I support him and the Dodgers, I think they’re a great team, and he’s a great guy, but I mostly want Tyler O’Neill, Danny Valencia, and Leonys Martin to feel awesome about themselves. O’Neill and Valencia got every single bit of those pitches, and I’m pretty sure the same dude behind the pavilion in left caught both home runs. That’s a clutch night.

Spring doesn’t matter, until you take it to Kershaw. Then it super matters.

 Kershaw looked like his usual self through the first three innings, getting strikeouts, working with velocity off that killer looping curveball, and being great. Then, Tyler O’Neill created a memory that his grandkids will doubt years from now in the fourth. Valencia and Martin followed suit in the fifth inning, and the M’s held on from there. Great power from the M’s, and great timing for their confidence.

Miranda looked like a rotation guy, until he didn’t.

 Miranda had a great two first innings, recording four strikeouts and containing the powerful Dodger lineup. Then, he walked Kershaw and Forsythe, and former Mariner Franklin Gutierrez brought them both in. His lack of control in his third inning led to his total of three walks, three hits allowed, and two earned runs. There has been speculation about him working out of the bullpen this season, it seems like that’ll be the best fit for him.

Max Povse worked four innings out the ‘pen, and finally allowed his first three hits of the Spring. He was able to keep the Los Angeles baserunners in check and save Seattle from giving up any earned runs. He’s been absolutely on fire out of the ‘pen, and is an exciting prospect for the M’s. I’d love to see him step up to the MLB squad this season.

Diaz locks down the win for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico just finished off the US for a 6-5 win in WBC action. The US scored two on a Brandon Crawford hit in the top of the ninth, but Diaz was able to strike out Josh Harrison with a man on third to end the game. Great win for the M’s and Edwin Diaz, unfortunate loss for the US.

The M’s take on the Giants in Peoria tomorrow, Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start, hopefully he can redeem himself from his last outing against the Brewers, in which I’m pretty sure he had his eyes closed.