Sunday lineups and how the pitching is lining up
After playing a lineup that looked pretty close to what we might see on Opening Day in Saturday’s 10-2 victory over the A’s, manager Eric Wedge will roll out more of the reserves today in Tempe against the Angels.
Wedge is taking a look again at Jack Wilson at shortstop paired with Brendan Ryan at second base, a combination I suspect we’ll see stick going forward. And Milton Bradley, swinging a good bat all spring, gets the start at DH today.
Thanks to the clocks being pushed ahead everywhere except Arizona, we’re back on the same time schedule as Seattle now. Which means today’s 1:05 p.m. game here actually starts at 1:05 p.m. in the Pacific Northwest as well.
The Mariners have their lone off day of the month tomorrow, though Erik Bedard will pitch a simulated game against Minor Leaguers — as Felix Hernandez did Saturday — in order to stay on schedule for what would put him in line to be the club’s fourth starter as the regular season opens.
And if you want to read the tea leaves — and remember, others can easily be substituted into this scenario — Michael Pineda is currently lined up to pitch on the season’s fifth day.
For this week, Jason Vargas pitches today against the Angels, Doug Fister goes Monday in Peoria against the Cubs, Bedard throws Tuesday, Pineda pitches Wednesday night against the Brewers in Peoria and Felix follows on Thursday night against Kansas City in Surprise.
Here is today’s full lineup against Angels right-hander Ervin Santana:
Jack Wilson SS
Brendan Ryan 2B
Milton Bradley DH
Ryan Langerhans RF
Matt Tuiasosopo 1B
Gabe Gross LF
Michael Saunders CF
Josh Wilson 3B
Adam Moore C
Jason Vargas P