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Mariners Spring Training 2021: game eight open game thread

Only two more games until our AP style overlords say we can start using numbers!

MLB: MAR 02 Spring Training - Indians at Mariners Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Hello. Were you hoping to see a baseball game today? If so, then I hope you enjoy the flavor of disappointment, because that’s all you’ll be tasting today. Instead you’ll be stuck with my description cobbled together from the radio broadcast and any tweets that happen to leak out. Catch that Spring Fever, baby!

It’s an A squad day, more or less, for the Mariners, with the absence of Kyle Lewis in center but the very pleasing substitution of Taylor Trammell there instead. Now I am extra bummed there’s no video because I’d like to see how TTram does in center; if he can hold that position down and truly fill in at all three outfield spots I have to think that gives him an edge in the outfield competition. I love Mitch Haniger, but the days of him filling in at center should probably be behind him. Kelenic’s injury means Julio Rodríguez gets a chance to start in left today, another fun thing I would like to see but will just have to imagine.

On the mound for the Mariners, Yusei Kikuchi is scheduled to go three innings and/or push to about fifty pitches in his second spring start. Also scheduled to pitch: Rafael Montero, recently acquired from the Rangers and the heir apparent for the closer job in Seattle. Sure would be fun to be able to watch him! Montero is scheduled to be followed by Joey Gerber, Brady Lail, Erik Swanson, Roenis Elías, and Brandon Brennan, getting his first spring action. You’ll note that fellow Rule 5 pick/pogo enthusiast Yohan Ramírez hasn’t pitched yet; apparently he had a COVID-related issue that kept him out for the past week, but is ramping up to get back into action hopefully soon.

Cleveland is running out a similar lineup to the one that trounced the Mariners 6-1 in an earlier spring contest; then, the damage was largely dealt by Andres Giménez, the major return from the Mets in the Lindor deal, and Vogelbach-adjacent slugger Josh Naylor. Eddie Rosario didn’t play in that game but will be in the lineup today. On the mound, Cleveland will be starting 26-year-old RHP Zach Plesac, who was very very good in 2020 after a so-so debut year in 2019. Plesac, who struck out almost 30% of batters faced in 2020, has been a popular target in fantasy drafts as a high-upside pick, and someone I’m interested in tracking the performance of this spring. Although again, today that will be done through the power of imagination.

Today’s game (12:05 PT) is on radio delay so if you turn on 710 you’ll likely be hearing about the Seahawks releasing Carlos Dunlap or whatever. You can listen to the game live on the Mariners site, or on Cleveland’s site if you want to switch it up a little/really have a thing for a Great Lakes accent.