*HIGH PITCHED ALARM SOUND* Real baseball starts this month!
However, while we’re not quite there yet, we can still enjoy the weirdness that is spring training baseball. Today at 1:10 PM EST, the Marlins will visit First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, FL to take on their in-division rivals, the New York Mets
This is the second of seven games they’ll play against their divisional rival this spring. Their first encounter resulted in a 10-3 win by the Mets. Sandy Alcantara will get the start today as he looks to continue the early success he’s had this spring.
Starting in center field, Braxton Lee has gone 1-for-7 so far this spring. The rest of today’s outfield crew hasn’t had much more success at the plate with Garrett Cooper going 1-for-6 and Cameron Maybin remaining hit-less over his three at bats. JT Realmuto is sitting at 5th on the team’s batting average going 4-for-9 so far. Ergo he’ll take the DH role, so that Tomas Telis can get some playing time at catcher. He’ll need all of the development he can get as Realmuto is still a viable trade candidate. The team’s most recent New-York-to-South-Florida addition, Starlin Castro, sits at 2-for-9. Everyone’s favorite donut devourer, Justin Bour, is swinging 1-for-8. Shortstop Miguel Rojas is holding at 2-for-7, and the 24 year-old third baseman Brian Anderson sits at 0-for-7.
Alcantara has only pitched 2 innings this spring, but he was perfect in that outing. Here’s hoping he can keep up the good work. Look for a slew of other pitchers to enter after the 2nd inning. Today, we could see Trevor Richards, Brett Graves, Javy Guerra, Chris Mazza, Severino Gonzalez, and Alex Wimmers all take the mound, as well.
As we asked on Twitter earlier this week, what’s your 2018 Opening Day lineup?