Mariners and Cub - Rob Tringali
Jon Garland takes the mound for his most important start of the spring.
Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago Cubs (SS)
Time: 7:05 p.m. PDT
Location: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, AZ
Television: ROOT Sports (live), MLB Network (delay)
Lineup (via Baseball Press)
SP Jon Garland
As Geoff Baker writes, this will be Mariners officials' last opportunity to see Garland pitch before his opt-out clause becomes a factor. I think most believe Garland is in, but anyone pulling for Brandon Maurer, Erasmo Ramirez or (for some reason) Jeremy Bonderman to make the Opening Day squad might wish to quietly root for the Cubs split-squad offense.
And as Shannon Drayer lays out, Casper Wells fans should probably hope for a Mike-Morsian performance out of Bay on defense, considering that Wells's "strength in the battle for the last spot is that he not only has the ability to play center but would be a good defensive replacement at any of the outfield positions. If Bay can play center in an emergency that takes a little bit of Wells' value away."