Felix’s pitching plans, plus lineup and more

HernandezFelixA little pitching news this morning while we get ready for the Mariners’ first road game of the spring, a 1:05 p.m. MT (12:05 pm. PT) game at Maryvale against the Brewers.

Felix Hernandez will indeed throw his first live batting practice on Thursday morning at the Peoria complex against Mariners hitters as he steps up his spring routine. Hernandez has thrown three 10-minute bullpens, now he’ll go to live BP before pitching in  games.

Look for Hernandez to get his first Cactus League start on Thursday, March 7, when the Mariners have a split-squad day against the Royals and Athletics. That would put him in line for five Cactus League starts — with pitching coach Carl Willis looking to build him up to about 90-plus pitches — before Opening Day in Oakland on April 1.

Also, veteran right-hander Jon Garland will make his first start Thursday against the Giants in Scottsdale as he begins his comeback from shoulder surgery. Blake Beavan is slated to pitch second that day and throw three innings, followed by two innings by Erasmo Ramirez.

We’ve already reported that Danny Hultzen will start Wednesday against the Indians at Goodyear, followed by fellow prize prospect Taijuan Walker. Both are slated for two innings.

As for today? Hisashi Iwakuma and Joe Saunders, two guys who figure to slot in the rotation right behind Hernandez, will pitch one inning each against the Brewers.

Here’s the lineup:

Franklin Gutierrez CF
Michael Saunders LF
Michael Morse RF
Justin Smoak DH
Kelly Shoppach C
Mike Jacobs 1B
Robert Andino SS
Vinnie Catricala 3B
Carlos Triunfel 2B

Hisashi Iwakuma RHP

Also slated to pitch today: Saunders, Oliver Perez, Kameron Loe, Jonathan Arias, Carson Smith, Bobby LaFromboise and Danny Farquhar.


Please do not ever ever bat Smoak higher than 5.

Watched the game yesterday in Peoria, and was dismayed at what I felt was the play of Montero. He ran through a stop sign, let a passed ball go without hustle to go after it. It just seemed to me that he is not taking anything serious at this point, and even though it is early in spring training Wedge better get an edge on these guys, or we have another 50% win season.

That actually helps some of us who weren’t at the Game of able to see it (as it was not broadcast)
Many of us thought he had been sent by the 3rd base coach possibly and that it was along the lines of the other 2 out @ home plays we’ve already seen this season.
I like the enthusiasm, but yeah, if a stop sign was given Montero needs to learn how to hold it up.
As with all things Spring Training, at least when somthing goes wrong we can say, “Meh,….it’s just ST….”
& then when we see success we get to Cheer, “WOOOHOOOO!!!! Mariners!!!! We BEL13VE!!!!”
boy I love Spring Training…..

“Piitching,” eh?

And by that, I mean “pitchiing,” of course. Haha, whoops!

I like seeing the setup with various comperable pitchers going back~2~back. Always best tfor evaluation. I’m sure the M’s managenent (who are much smarter than me on the account) get a much better picture doing it this way. But even for the lay person like me, it helps to see how the pieces are beginning to fit & levels of developement in comparison.
Todays eWak, Saunders Back to Back is one that I have been waiting to see since they are they assumed #2/3 guys behind Felix. We can begin to see what our current lineup will look like this year on the top end. (with the assumed par performance that the King will give).
I still think that Beavan will have the Leg up for the #4 slot above Erasmo (& anyone eles I’ve seen so far this Spring) I still have no thought’s as to who will take the #5 spot, but if one ot the Top Prospects were to make the Bid & take it I still favor Hultzen. Again, not saying he will, just the one of the Prospects I favor….
as always
Go Mariners!!
It’s Time 2 Rise!!!
onward & UPWARD!!!!

….I will be watching for Lord Farquhar’s performance again today…..

Greg, how come Morse is playing right field instead of left? It seems that with the left field fence coming in at Safeco it would make more sense for Morse to play left and Saunders to play right.

I asked Wedge about that after the game and he said he’ll continue to bounce all the corner guys between right and left this spring, just to give them different looks. I suspect Morse will play left most of the time once things get going.

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