Here’s some Opening Day lineup history

Lloyd McClendon has posted his Opening Day lineup for tonight’s Mariners game against the Angels, who’ll throw right-hander Jered Weaver. First pitch is 7:12 p.m. at Angel Stadium.

Abraham Almonte CF
Brad Miller SS
Robinson Cano 3B
Justin Smoak 1B
Logan Morrison DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Michael Saunders RF
Dustin Ackley LF
Mike Zunino C

Felix Hernandez RHP

No surprises there as McClendon indicated yesterday that Corey Hart wouldn’t start against the right-hander, but will play the next two games against lefties. Almonte has been the leadoff hitter all spring and will get the chance now to show he’s better than the .178 batting average he put up in Cactus League play.

If you’re curious, here’s the Opening Day lineup from last year, with only Saunders, Smoak, Seager and Ackley back, along with Felix, of course. And just for fun, I’ll roll it back to 2008, which is the last time Felix wasn’t the Opening Day starter.

2013 OPENING DAY LINEUP
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Michael Saunders RF
Kendrys Morales DH
Michael Morse LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Kyle Seager 3B
Jesus Montero C
Dustin Ackley 2B
Brendan Ryan SS
Felix Hernandez RHP

2012 OPENING DAY LINEUP
Chone Figgins 3B
Dustin Ackley 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Justin Smoak 1B
Jesus Montero DH
Mike Carp LF
Miguel Olivo C
Michael Saunders RF
Brendon Ryan SS
Felix Hernandez RHP

2011 OPENING DAY LINEUP
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Milton Bradley LF
Jack Cust DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Ryan Langerhans CF
Brendan Ryan SS
Jack Wilson 2B
Felix Hernandez RHP

2010 OPENING DAY LINEUP
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Casey Kotchman 1B
Milton Bradley LF
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Rob Johnson C
Jack Wilson SS
Felix Hernandez RHP

2009 OPENING DAY LINEUP
Endy Chavez LF
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Mike Sweeney DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Jose Lopez 2B
Russell Branyan 1B
Kenji Johjima C
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Felix Hernandez RHP

2008 OPENING DAY LINEUP
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jose Lopez 2B
Raul Ibanez LF
Richie Sexson 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Brad Wilkerson RF
Jose Vidro DH
Kenji Johjima C
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Erik Bedard LHP

4 Comments

Greg, thank you for the great spring training coverage. Looking forward to the regular season.

With all the question marks surrounding Almonte, have you heard anything about Franklin Gutierrez? Did he ever make it to spring training? Does he plan to return to baseball? Is he working out at the Mariners’ complex? If Almonte doesn’t work out, I can see the Mariners calling Gutierrez to see if he can give an occasional start in CF againt lefties.

Gutz is gone for the entire year. The only thing I can see is Almonte given the next 45 days to prove himself or fail. If he fails, and somehow Seattle is ‘still’ within reaching distance of the division then I can see Z making a trade for Kemp or Rasmus…for a CFer. If Almonte is hitting above 250 come June/Jyuly then he will stay there the rest of the year.

Notice that there are 8 LHB’s running against Jered Weaver tonight…dang. Almonte/Smoak are switch hitters that ‘usually’ hit better against RHPs, BUT this Spring Smoak for the 1st time we’ve ever seen has hit not only for power from both sides of the plate, but he’s also consistently hitting 300 from both sides AND to opposite fields. Ackley/Smoak/Miller all were hitting to the opposite field all Spring. “If” somehow that keeps up it’s going to be a pretty fun year to watch…and of course thanks will have to go towards Cano for his assistance in that area of help!

After opening night with the Angels I wish they would try Ackley at DH. He can’t play defense and as DH he an concentrate on hitting only.

Although I thoroughly enjoy our new manager, Mr. McClendon, his comments about why he bats Ackley at the bottom of the order are not well thought out. He claims that due to his youth and inexperience, there is less pressure. Then, why does he bat Almonte and Miller, one and two, though combined they have less major league experience than Ackley? Go Figure, or better yet, look at their OPS which are both less than .300
The next comment is directed at BiG Z. WHY IS NICK FRANKLIN IN TACOMA BATTING .400 AND NOT LEARNING THE OUTFIELD WHERE WE DESPERATELY NEED QUALITY HITTERS. HE’S GOT A GREAT ARM, GOOD SPEED, AND CAN HIT. WE HAVE A HOLE IN CENTER AND RIGHT FIELD. LET’S DEVELOP THIS FINE YOUNG PLAYER INTO AN OUTFIELDER WHERE WE HAVE PLENTY OF ZERO, PRESENTLY.

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