When spring training games started last week, I wrote a post about how match-ups matter in Arizona, and to not get too excited if your favorite player is ripping a bunch of homers off Class-A pitchers in the late innings of early spring games.
Well, yesterday we had a positive on the other side of the coin: not only did Nick Franklin launch his first tater of the spring, but he hit it off San Francisco Giants No. 1 (or No. 2; hard to say with their enviable rotation) starter Matt Cain.
That’s a dinger for the kid Franklin against a top-shelf MLB starting pitcher. Definitely worthy of a cheer!
I’m unable to imbed video on this blog, but here’s a link to the footage of Franklin’s homer.
Today’s game is interesting: James Paxton makes the start against Texas; I have Paxton inked into the Rainiers starting rotation come April. Hopefully he’ll have a nice outing today.
- Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker each pitched well on Wednesday – here’s the run-down from Ryan Divish.
- Rainiers slugger Carlos Peguero is off to a hot start. Is this a new approach, or one of his patented hotter-than-the-sun hitting streaks? Geoff Baker spoke with Peguero.
- Rainiers lefty Anthony Vasquez hopes to begin throwing soon, Greg Johns reports.
- Jon Garland was happy to take the mound yesterday.
- The Mariners have been taking it slow with Felix Hernandez, but it looks like the King will be making his Cactus League debut very soon.
- It’s about time for Alex Liddi, Michael Saunders, and Oliver Perez to leave Mariners camp for the World Baseball Classic.
- It has been suggested that in the big picture, Alex Liddi is the most important man in baseball right now. Well, that’s one way of looking at it.
Hey, it’s March 1st. Opening Day is a month away!