If you thought a 'B' game was exciting yesterday, wait till you get a load of today's Seattle Mariners action - there is none.
The team has a scheduled off-day, although that's only technically. As they try to keep their starting pitchers in rotation for the regular season and build up those innings, Erik Bedard was supposed to pitch today. With no big-league game, Bedard will face Mariners minor leaguers.
That's good news and bad.
The good is, he'll get his work in - three or four innings, depending on pitch count - and stay in rotation. The bad news?
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Facing minor league hitters likely means Bedard could throw a near-perfect game with his breaking ball and changeup. Except that wouldn't do him much good. To stay sharp, he'll have to throw his fastball, and minor league hitters will aggressively pursue that.
Why not throw it out of the zone and let them chase? That wouldn't help Bedard, either. Getting anxious young hitters to chase wouldn't prepare him for hitting spots he'll have to hit against major league hitters.
So whatever the results today, it's not likely to change how the Mariners feel about their veteran left-handed pitcher. They're delighted he's healthy, happy with his progress and don't much care what his ERA may be against AAA hitters.
Bedard will try to keep his intensity, but he knows who he's facing. This is about getting the work in, not the results.
That said, you'll get the results after he's pitched.