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Rockies vs. Mariners spring training preview: Brett Anderson makes his Rox debut

It's finally Brett Anderson time!

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

It has been quite a while since the Rockies have acquired a pitcher that I've been as excited about as Brett Anderson. Part of that speaks to how few and far between these acquisitions occur, but a larger part of it is that Anderson could give the Rockies' rotation a huge boost.

The first step toward that potential success takes place today, when a Rockies split-squad takes on a Mariners split-squad in Peoria, Ariz., at 1:05 p.m. MT. Anderson won't have the best lineup behind him, but that obviously doesn't matter much; instead, the eyes (ears?) of Rockies fans will be fixated on Anderson's pitch arsenal and how he commands it. And, of course, if he can make it through a couple of innings without any red flags health-wise.

Jon Gray is among a group of seven other pitchers who could/should see action against the Mariners, who will send Blake Beavan to the mound to start the game.

Here are the lineups, which, for the Rockies, resembles a Sky Sox and/or typical Rockies-in-August group:


Charlie Blackmon - RF Abraham Almonte - CF
Brandon Barnes - CF Nick Franklin - SS
Corey Dickerson - LF Robinson Cano - 2B
Michael McKenry - C Justin Smoak - 1B
Ben Paulsen - 1B Corey Hart - DH
Kent Matthes - DH Dustin Ackley - LF
Ryan Wheeler - 3B Xavier Avery - RF
Charlie Culberson - 2B Willie Bloomquist - 3B
Cristhian Adames - SS Humberto Quintero - C
Brett Anderson - P Blake Beavan - P

The other half of the Rockies' spring training roster will appear at Salt River Fields against the Diamondbacks later tonight.