The Mariners get another round of the roommate rivalry going today, taking on the Padres in Peoria in a “road” game. This will mark the final weekday nooner of the spring, as the rest of the week’s games begin at 5 PM or later before a couple weekend midday matchups. The lineups will be short a few exciting faces on the M’s side as their lineup is split with a morning matchup against the KT Wiz of the Korean Baseball Organization that is nearing conclusion right now. That game’s lineup started Félix Hernández, as well as several of the team’s young prospects.
Early reports from that game are both Félix and Roenis Elías allowed homers, although Seattle was trailing just 4-3 on the strength of both a triple and a two-run homer from Eric Filia. For the second matchup of the day, we’ll see a more veteran-heavy group, as well as Seattle’s first look at both Ian Kinsler and Manny Machado in Padres uniforms.
The extended roster doesn’t offer much more intrigue. We’ve got a good shot at seeing Justin Dunn pitch and Braden Bishop work through the outfield with Mitch Haniger taking a couple days off to rest his back. That’s likely it from prospect land today, unless Seattle digs deep into its minor league camp moonlighters for a Keegan McGovern PA or some Joey Gerber/Sam Delaplane outings. Frankly, the entire Padres lineup is far more interesting than Seattle’s today. Beyond the three veterans at the top, the entire bottom six of the order is made up of fascinating prospects/young players, including the only man (kid?) challenging Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the role of baseball’s top overall prospect: Fernando Tatis Jr.
Game Time: 12:10 PM PT
TV: Sorta. The game is on TV on Fox Sports San Diego, so it will be viewable if you live there or get that channel.
Radio: Sorta again. The game will be played on delay at 7 PM PT tonight on 710 AM ESPN.
Online: MLB.TV (it will be the Padres stream, but it will be live)