Mariners looking to stay hot against Brewers
Back at it after a quick break and we’ll see if the Mariners can carry their hot streak over after their own day off Tuesday. They’ll take their 10-game winning streak up against the Brewers today in Peoria at 1:05 p.m. MT (12:05 p.m PT).
How hot are the Mariners? Even on their offday they continued launching long balls, with Michael Saunders hitting a home run for Team Canada in an exhibition against Milwaukee as World Baseball Classic teams began their warmups.
Saunders will be gone for at least a week, but lots of big boys in the Mariners lineup today, including the middle-of-the-order trio of Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales, Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez, the all-new foursome. Here’s how much difference that new group has made — Jesus Montero, who often hit cleanup last year, is batting seventh.
Another thing to watch today — Franklin Gutierrez is leading off, with Dustin Ackley batting second. That’s the first time Guti has been ahead of Ackley in the same lineup this spring and signifies that Eric Wedge is certainly considering the center fielder as an option for that role as he continues having a strong spring.
Blake Beavan gets the start today and is slated to go three innings in his third outing, with Erasmo Ramirez scheduled for two in relief.
We’ll finally see Felix Hernandez tomorrow against the Royals in Surprise, with his first spring start scheduled for two innings. Hisashi Iwakuma will follow and pitch three innings if all goes according to plan, with Tom Wilhelmsen, Lucas Luetge, Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor to follow.
It’s a split-squad day tomorrow, so half the Mariners will head to Phoenix to face the A’s in a game where nine pitchers are scheduled to go one inning each, starting with Brandon Maurer, James Paxton and Jeremy Bonderman.
Then on Friday, Joe Saunders is slated for a three-inning start against the A’s in Peoria, with Hector Noesi also continuing to get stretched out with his own three innings to follow.
Here is today’s full lineup against the Brewers:
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Dustin Ackley 2B
Michael Morse RF
Kendrys Morales 1B
Jason Bay LF
Raul Ibanez DH
Jesus Montero C
Vinnie Catricala 3B
Brendan Ryan SS
Blake Beavan P
On the broadcast front, today’s game against the Brewers and tomorrow’s game against the Royals (the Felix start) will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle on a delayed basis at 7 p.m. PT.
Both radio broadcasts will be streamed live on Mariners.com for free for anyone who registers. Then the three weekend games — Friday through Sunday — will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN.
The next televised game will be March 17 against the Rangers on ROOT Sports.