Many of you were hoping to see some positive signs from Justin Smoak with a week to go until the season opener. Well, he delivered today with a pair of doubles in a 6-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
The Mariners actually had a 3-2 lead in this game, but the Cubs scored four in the seventh inning off Cesar Jimenez to blow it open.
Interesting to see Aaron Laffey (photo above) extended to four innings in getting the start today. I know it’s a split-squad game, but given ther struggles of Doug Fister this spring and the introduction of Michael Pineda to the big leagues — oh yeah, and Erik Bedard coming off injury — it might not be a bad idea to have another guy who can pick up innings besides David Pauley.
Laffey allowed just a run on three hits and fanned four over four innings.
We’ll see whether the M’s have any plans that go beyond that. So far, they’ve only said that Laffey is a reliever.
March 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM