Y’all. As I type these wondrously important words into the internet machine, it is a bright and sunny day in Seattle, the Mariners have a nationally televised Spring Training game, and both teams are starting some players that I actually want to see! Keep going, we’re closer than you think.
On the Seattle side, watching Cal Raleigh catch his old buddy Ljay Newsome (and hopefully some other pitchers later in the game) is a beautiful treat for the work from home and loosely employed army who are able to watch a full baseball game in the middle of a Wednesday. The five through nine spots in the Mariners lineup are all occupied by the type of player that makes Spring Training games so interesting, at least in my opinion. Raleigh, Jarred Kelenic, Jake Fraley, Taylor Trammell, and Donovan Walton are all either MLB-adjacent or top prospects hoping to bust through soon. They should each get at least one at-bat against Puyallup native Zach Davies, a real MLB pitcher who the Cubs got in the Yu Darvish trade.
While both teams will likely change out their entire lineups by the fifth inning or so, the beginning of this game has the exact type of familiar faces that make Spring Training feel real. To begin the game, Newsome will face six straight Cubs who have made at least one All-Star team in their career. It’s hard to think of a better test for the young right-hander than that, especially as the James Paxton signing created one less roster spot for Newsome to compete for.
First Pitch: 12:05 p.m. PDT
Radio: MLB.com or the MLB At-Bat app, as well as a radio delay on 710