Like the first rays of morning light after a long, dark night of the soul, the first glimmers of baseball—and summer, and warmth, and lingering Safeco sunsets—appear today. The Mariners will play the Padres in a game that does not matter, at all, and I personally couldn’t be more delighted.
For the first time this season...
The Mariners are playing about half their projected regular lineup. The Padres are playing...I am embarrassed at how few of those names I recognize. I was hoping we might get to see some of the top Padres prospects in action—Luis Urias, Fernando Tatis—but instead we get Javy Guerra, who had a wRC+ of 61 last year. Maybe they’ll appear at some point this spring. On the Mariners’ end, here are their reserves:
Backups for today’s Cactus League opener that is NOT on tv. pic.twitter.com/DRSKvaN5df— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 23, 2018
Game time: 12:10 PT
Radio: 710 ESPN
TV: None (BUT supposedly the Padres will have it on MLB.tv, so that’s worth checking out if you have MLB.tv)
Baseball! Hooray! Go Mariners!