A very right-handed heavy line-up against lefty Robbie Ross Jr. today with the recently called-up Cole Gillespie starting in left field. Willie Bloomquist is also getting a start today as well.
Yes, I’m aware of Ross’ career splits and how lefties are actually more effective against him.
Here’s the starting pitching probables for the upcoming series
Updated 3:57 p.m.
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Nick Franklin will play plenty of positions in his second tour with Tacoma. McClendon mentioned that Franklin will see time at third base and outfield along with second base and a little shortstop. Right now, I think the Mariners want to keep Chris Taylor – one of the best defensive shortstops in the organization – playing at shortstop frequently.
Cole Gillespie had a solid spring for the Mariners and was one of the last players cut. It wasn’t easy even if he knew the odds of making the team were against him.
“It was a little frustrating at first, especially being with the team till a couple weeks left in spring and going down,” he said. “At the same time, I can’t control their moves and their decisions. So the only thing I could do is go down there and continue to put up some numbers and open some eyes and try to force their hand if I could. I was fortunate enough to go down there and swing a hot bat and play some good defense and I’m lucky enough to to be up here this early.”
A main reason Gillespie he chose the Mariners in the offseason was the chance to play for the big league club and the lack of right-handed hitting outfielders.
“Initially, when I signed I felt like this was going to be a good spot for me,” he said. “When I signed their roster was pretty left-hand oriented. I knew talking with them that they’d probably go out signs more right-handed bats. But I still felt this was going to be a good spot for me. Being from the Northwest, being from Portland, I felt like all teams being equal, I’d choose the Mariners over them. So far it’s working out.”
James Paxton played catch from 45 feet for five minutes. He’s progressing. Obviously, it’s very early in the process. Blake Beavan has yet to be cleared to throw.
The Mariners filled out their 25-man roster by calling up lefty Lucas Luetge. They had to wait the 10 days since Luetge was last sent down, which is why they didn’t announce it yesterday.
Old friend Adrian Beltre was activated from the 15-day disabled list and will be batting fourth tonight. The Rangers placed Kevin Kouzmanoff on the disabled list.
Here’s my radio hit on KJR with Ian Furness and Jason Puckett
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Hector Noesi was claimed by the White Sox. He’s leading a Casper Wells-ian existence.
Most of you know about Michael Pineda being suspended for 10 games. Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News is blaming Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman for the episode.
Here’s the Daily News covers from it.
Not to be outdone …Here’s the Post’s back cover.