Spring Training doesn't matter, it says nothing about the quality of the team, yada yada yada, I get that. You'd just like to see more than one win in eight games following five months of anticipation.
Good news has been hard to come by so far this spring. Snelling gets surgery again, Pineiro gets pushed back due to shoulder problems, Boone gets a stiff back, Guardado strains his hamstring, Reese tweaks his ankle, Bucky's knee isn't healing well, Felix Hernandez gets rocked twice, Sexson remains hitless (and error-prone), and the home runs have come from Willie Bloomquist, Rene Rivera, Benji Gil, and Shin-soo Choo.
On the plus side, Ichiro and Beltre have swung hot bats and Clint Nageotte has thrown the ball well, but the negatives have really outweighed the positives so far. Which is what you'd expect from a 1-7 team, I suppose.
Happily, tomorrow pits a randomly generated conglomeration of Mariner arms against a bunch of Colorado hopefuls at sea level, which is a pretty good recipe for meaningless success.
Brad Radke, Johan Santana, and Justin Morneau are only 25 days away.