Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
April 13, 2008 1:02 PM
Posted by Larry Stone
Well, it's about 20 degrees colder than yesterday -- far more typical for Seattle in April. The Mariners have a lot going against them tonight -- a rusty Baek making his first start, no Beltre, and Joe Saunders, with a 0.56 ERA through his first two starts, going for the Angels. If they can pull this one out, they might earn a few believers.
To address Pokenour, absolutely no way is this being done to showcase Baek. Believe me, they want Bedard pitching this game. This is what they got him for -- games like this, against their main rivals.. There's no conspiracy theory. Bedard is hurting, and they're being cautious, which is the smart way to go. Baek pitched all spring, and has made 23 major league starts. Teams know what he's about.
Im wondering what the crowd here at Safeco Field is thinking. They came expecting to see Bedard, and Baek is walking to the mound. As far as I can tell, no announcement has been made.
No Torii Hunter in the Angels lineup today. He has a sore toe. Gary Matthews is back in center after a miserable day yesterday. He hit into three double plays and made an error.