We have lots of links for you today, catching up on the last couple of days of spring training.
Hopefully you got a chance to watch the World Baseball Classic game last night between the USA and Venezuela. It was a Mariners and ex-Rainiers special, with Felix Hernandez squaring off against Drew Smyly and Adam Jones.
Felix looked great, going five scoreless innings allowing just three singles. Most importantly, he did not walk anybody – something to keep an eye on all year as he transitions to more of a finesse pitcher.
Smyly was also impressive against a Venezuela lineup which looks like a major league all-star team. He was on a strict 60-pitch limit and was impressive throughout it.
And then there was the former Rainiers outfielder Jones, who tied the game with an eighth inning homer – his second crucial, clutch hit for the US in the tournament. The US eventually won it, 4-2.
- Felix Hernandez looked sharp while tossing five shutout innings against Team USA in the World Baseball Classic last night. Drew Smyly started for the ‘States and pitched well, too – the Mariners must have loved it, Jeff Sullivan writes.
- Tall pitching prospect Max Povse models his style after former Rainiers pitcher Doug Fister. Povse appears targeted to begin the season with Double-A Arkansas, but we may see him at some point in 2017.
- Probable Rainiers starting pitcher Chase DeJong is engaged to the daughter of PGA golfer Bernhard Langer.
- Likely Rainiers outfielder Tyler O’Neill has returned from his stint with Team Canada in the World Baseball classic.
- The Mariners may start the season with an eight-man bullpen.
- Injured reliever Tony Zych is close to being able to pitch in games.
- ESPN has a feature on Mariners closer Edwin Diaz.
- The new batch of Mariners commercials is out – watch them here.
- Guillermo Heredia is trying to get better every day.
- Cactus League results: Yesterday, starter Chris Heston allowed his first runs of spring in a 12-7 loss to the Dodgers… Rainiers infielder Tyler Smith continued his hot hitting on Tuesday, driving in four runs with a double and a homer in a 7-6 win over the White Sox… and on Monday, Dan Vogelbach‘s two-run homer highlighted a, um, 24-3 loss to the Brewers.
- Ex-Rainiers slugger Wladimir Balentien is doing his best to lead the Netherlands in the WBC.