In case you missed it -- there's a reason MLB should never play weekday morning games -- the Seattle Mariners opened their season this week with a series split against the Oakland A's in Japan.
The Mariners and A's have a hiatus before resuming the schedule at the same time as the rest of the MLB teams next week.
To fill the time, let's bring back the All-Time Lineups series (which matches up the best to play at each position in any one season in team history) with two West Coast expansion teams, the Mariners and Padres, who are a pretty even matchup. Both teams are a little more than a generation old and neither has won a World Series. They each have a left-handed, leadoff right fielder, both among the greatest hitters of all-time. After that, Seattle probably has a lineup advantage, but San Diego has an overall pitching advantage. Click through to check out the full teams and the arguments. (We gave the Padres a DH to even out the lineups.)
Who would win in this matchup of all-time lineups?
Pitcher: Randy Johnson (1995, 18-2, 2.48 ERA, AL Cy Young winner)
- RF Ichiro Suzuki (2004, .372-8 HR-60 RBI)
- LF Tom Paciorek (1981, .326-14-66)
- SS Alex Rodriguez (1996, .358-36-123)
- CF Ken Griffey Jr. (1997, .304-56-147)
- DH Edgar Martinez (.1995, .356-29-113)
- 2B Bret Boone (2001, .331-37-141)
- 1B Tino Martinez (1995, .293-31-111)
- 3B Adrian Beltre (2007, .276-26-99)
- C Dan Wilson (1996, .285-18-83)
Pitcher: Jake Peavy (2007, 19-6, 2.54 ERA, NL Cy Young winner)
- RF Tony Gwynn (1994, .394-12-64)
- CF Cito Gaston (1970, .318-29-93)
- 1B Adrian Gonzalez (2009, .277-40-99)
- LF Greg Vaughn (1998, .272-50-119)
- DH Dave Winfield (1979, .308-34-118)
- 3B Ken Caminiti (1996, .326-40-130)
- 2B Mark Loretta (2004, .335-16-76)
- C Benito Santiago (1987, .300-18-79)
- SS Garry Templeton (1985, .282-6-55)