In Mariners News
- This is encouraging! Hopeful, even.
Kikuchi might be getting fun. In addition to the increased and sustained velocity on the fb (lots of 96s), he's increased the velo on the slider. That 90-91 mph pitch he was throwing? It was the slider. Said he threw one 93 today. I believe 2 of his k's in the 2nd were the slider— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) February 28, 2020
- So is this! Extra points for Dave Sims saying, “Bring it all the way around, big boy.”
Kyle Lewis' first homer of the spring came on a 0-1 fastball from Alex Young. pic.twitter.com/lpaJpEMkIZ— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 28, 2020
- Scott Servais addressed the team’s closer situation.
“There will be no closer,” Servais said. “It’s just going to depend. Some nights it might be a particular guy matchup-wise or because he has the freshest arm, he hasn’t pitched in a couple days and he will be asked to get the final three outs of the game. Unless somebody jumps up and grabs the position and he looks super comfortable and he’s just shoving it and looks great, then it might grow into that. But right now, we don’t have one.”
- He also had this update on a former-turned-current-again Mariner pitcher.
Manager Scott Servais says Taijuan Walker threw well in 2-inning simulated game this morning, but wasn't quite as sharp as previous outing. "He needs to get into games," Servais said. He'll get that chance in his next outing as they'll bump him into the rotation next week.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) February 28, 2020
- Keith Law released his Mariner prospect rankings. ($)
- Baseball America is flying the JULIOOOOO flag with us.
There are eight position players with tool grades that averaged 60 or higher.— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) February 28, 2020
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Around the League
- Félix has new hair again. He also talked about having good fastball command in his most recent Spring Training performance.
- I feel very confident in saying that I could have made this play better than a professional baseball player.
Tim Tebow got absolutely SNIPED on what would have been the last out of the game. pic.twitter.com/MSvzJDZNIA— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) February 28, 2020
- Your reward for watching that disaster is a much more palatable Mets’ video.
- Marc Normandin at Baseball Prospectus offered a theory for how the MLB could stop cheating.
- Portland rapper Aminé released the most Portland video of all time.
- Y’all see this hog?