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March 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Today’s lineup for Mariners exactly as expected when spring training opened

They’ve posted today’s Seattle lineup for an upcoming exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers in just over three hours and it’s exactly the one we’d expected when camp opened over a month ago — with a lone exception in center field.
That’s because Michael Saunders is in center, replacing the injured Franklin Gutierrez. Otherwise, the lineup is exactly as we could have predicted. As we’ve been saying, all starting jobs were pretty much set when spring training began and the only real battles were for backup roles, two rotation spots and in the bullpen.
For those asking, today’s game will be on 710 ESPN Seattle radio. It won’t be on TV.
Tomorrow’s game will be neither on radio or TV, just right here.


Here is today’s lineup:
3B Chone Figgins
2B Dustin Ackley
RF Ichiro
1B Justin Smoak
DH Jesus Montero
LF Mike Carp
C Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Hector Noesi
Yep, the entire lineup is almost in the exact order as predicted from top to bottom with the exception that Olivo is hitting seventh and Saunders eighth, instead of the Olivo eighth and Gutierrez seventh prediction back in February. Would Gutierrez have hit sventh? Possibly, but as mentioned in the February post, the 7th and 8th spots were pretty much interchangeable.
Anyhow, don’t think I’ve ever covered a camp in 14 years where every spot and pretty much the exact batting order could be figured out over a month in advance. Saved us a lot of brain-twisting this spring, if nothing else.
I’ll be back shortly.

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Chone Figgins, Jesus Montero

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