It’s here! It’s the final game of Spring Training, which means that in just a few short days it will be Opening Day, which means—as a colleague of mine used to say, God willing and the creek don’t rise—we will get to once again enjoy a full 162-game season of baseball. After stop-starting through last year and waking up every day unsure if a massive COVID outbreak was going to cancel games, it feels luxurious to go through the full windup to the season rather than starting out of the stretch. One of those little rituals we missed last year: the rite of the final spring training game. Here’s what’s on tap:
This looks pretty much like the Opening Day lineup for both teams, which is a bummer since there’s no Kyle Lewis in it. Also, it’s interesting that Luis Torrens slots in at catcher here once again. They might be slow-playing it with easing Murphy back into catching after he missed all of last season, but personally, I think Torrens has had the stronger spring of the two and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get the majority of playing time out of the gate. Chris Flexen will make his fifth start of the spring and will look to head into the season on a strong note.
Today’s game isn’t on TV but will air live starting now on 710 ESPN if you can sneak a listen at work, but hey, it’s the last time for frustrating spring training broadcasts this spring. Now it’s on to frustrating blackout rules. The fun of being a baseball fan never ends.