Today is the day spring training finally ends for the Mariners. They are trotting out what looks to be an Opening Day lineup since their mainly right-handed hitting group is in there against the left-handed Jeff Francis.
This is not the extreme-splits lineup the team could roll out against a solid left-hander if any of the regulars are struggling. That extreme lineup would have Robert Andino starting in-place of one of the left-handed hitting infielders while Jason Bay would replace Michael Saunders. But the season hasn’t even started yet.
We’ll probably see this same lineup on Monday against southpaw Brett Anderson and the Oakland Athletics. For now, it’s about putting the best hitters out there, regardless of platoon splits.
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