Rockies vs. Mariners Preview: Colorado closes out spring training with Franklin Morales on the hill

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

It's the final spring training game this afternoon at 1:10, as the Rockies take on the Seattle Mariners at Salt River.

This afternoon's game is Colorado's final tuneup before heading to Miami to begin the regular season! As such, expect many regulars to make a cameo appearance early before hitting the showers.

Here are three things to know about this afternoon's game:

1. How to experience (besides hanging out here)?

This game will be on ROOT Sports on TV (whether you're watching in Colorado or Seattle, ROOT owns both broadcasts), 850 KOA on the radio, and on MLB GAMEDAY if neither of those is an option for you.

2. Who are the starting pitchers?

After winning the fifth starter battle officially yesterday (and maybe the fourth starter battle if Tyler Chatwood's injury is serious), Franklin Morales will take a victory lap this afternoon against the Mariners. He earned that designation thanks in part to a spring in which he has pitched 20 innings of 2.21 ERA ball with a 1.03 WHIP and a 10.2 K/9 ratio. Franklin will try to improve upon those numbers against a Mariners lineup short on major league talent this afternoon.

Opposing the Rockies this afternoon for Seattle will be Chris Young (yes, the pitcher Chris Young). The 34 year old 6'10", 255 pound giant righty was signed to a major league deal by the Mariners just two days ago after spending most of the spring with the Washington Nationals as a non-roster invitee. Last year, Young spent the entire year in Washington's minor league system. In his last big league action in 2012, Young threw 115 innings of 4.15 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 6.3 K/9 rate ball for the Mets - a replacement level season worth -0.1 rWAR. He will likely serve as Seattle's fourth starter this year if health prevails.

3. Lineups

Rockies

There's quite a few regulars in there, but expect them to be out soon. Interestingly there appear to be several position players from the Dominican Summer League roster last year listed as available, so look for them in a late inning cameo. In addition to Morales, we'll likely see Rob Scahill, Chris Martin (distraught over his split with Gwenyth), and Nick Masset.
Mariners

The Rockies will see a Seattle lineup that is very close to the group that will be on the field for Opening Day, pitcher excepted.
The game thread will be posted at 1 MDT.
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