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3/24: Open game thread

The Mariners take on their interleague rivals under the sun in Peoria. Rivalries are so exciting!

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Today, the Mariners act as the road team in their home stadium as they face-off against their interleague foes. Seattle appears to be using a starting lineup that looks suspiciously similar to the one they'll likely use on Opening Day, which is fun. Of course, it'd be more fun if today's game were televised, but what can you do?

J.A. Happ gets his third start of Spring Training for the M's. He's been pretty effective in his previous two outings, allowing just four baserunners while striking out three in five innings of work. He did allow a two-run homerun in his first start (he is J.A. Happ, after all), but he's been able to throw strikes and has looked fine. Eight out of the nine batters in the Padres lineup today are righties (including starting pitcher Andrew Cashner, who looks like he'll get a PA or two for the Padres), but Happ hasn't had very severe righty/lefty splits throughout his career (0.322 wOBA vs L, 0.334 wOBA vs R), so that shouldn't be an issue. Still, it'll be interesting to see how he fares over four or five innings... especially when pitching to Matt Kemp and Justin Upton.

When he's been healthy, Andrew Cashner has been a pretty solid pitcher for the Padres. It'd be nice to see the Mariners put together some good ABs and get some hits against him.


Game info:
  • Seattle Mariners @ San Diego Padres, 1:05 PM PST
  • TV: None :-(
  • Radio: 710 ESPN,
Starting lineups:

Late-game reserves: