Major league managers and general managers will always have concerns. Entering the second half of Spring Training they always look to get things “settled” with the roster, the lineup, the rotation and the bullpen. The Mariners are getting there.
Yesterday, in two Saturday split squad games while losing both games two of the M’s four “settled” starters showed well. Felix Hernandez appeared on track for his opening day start set for April 4 at Texas. Facing Arizona in Peoria in comfortable 7:10 evening air Felix went four innings, gave up three hits, one earned run a walk and struck out four. Another couple of spring starts and The King should be ready to go.
Taijuan Walker, the M’s number 3 or 4 starter faced a Royals split squad out in Surprise. All Walker did is go five innings giving up four hits, one earned run ZERO walks and struck out four. Walker really only needs to sustain his strong level of performance to emerge as a true young star.
Today lefty Wade Miley starts against the Indians at Peoria. Miley ahs yet to go more than three innings so manager Scott Servais will be looking to stretch him out (as they say) to at least four, maybe five innings. Miley makes up one of the four starters being counted on . He figures to get two more spring starts prior to the regular season.
Managers are hesitant to state things are really set but the first four starters are clearly as set as they can be. Barring injuries or performance issues the starting rotation focus will be the fifth spot. Probably more interesting, maybe even concerning is getting the bullpen settled. That may not be a finished project until April.
Today’s game at 1:10 pm will be televised .