Now, this is all very exciting, and yes there are only two days left until Opening Day, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Today the Mariners will play their final game of Spring Training against the Rockies, and only trail the Angels by a single game in the Cactus league standings. A Mariners win and an Angels loss would make the Mariners Cactus League champions. Eyes on the prize, boys.
But seriously everyone, two days. We’re almost there. Here are some links to tide you over in the mean time.
In Mariners news...
- Drew Smyly could miss 6-8 weeks due to soggy arm syndrome.
- Amid the Opening Day roster mayhem, the Mariners also signed veteran infielder Gordon Beckham to a minor-league-deal.
- David Skiba ponders what could be if everything goes right.
- Paxton is ready, and his arm remains dry.
Around the league...
- Over at the mother ship, Grant Brisbee ranked every Opening Day pitching match up.
- If Jerry Dipoto’s tenure with the Mariners doesn’t work out, the organization could always just pass the reins to the LL staff. Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal seems to think so at least.
- Sean Quinton of the Seattle Times takes a look at the science behind hitting a 100 mph fastball.
- Chris Mitchell created a consensus prospect list by combining the results of Frangraphs, Keith Law, Baseball Prospectus and other ranking systems.
- After being released by the Giants, Jimmy Rollins is considering retirement.
- It finally happened.