Any subtext in a spring training game is a luxury, let alone plot lines as deep as this Padres-White Sox game.
You have the matchup of veteran arms with Lance Lynn facing off against a still-pissed Blake Snell. Of course, there’s the White Sox facing off against two guys that in an alternative reality became a part of the organization's long-term plans — Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. Unfortunately for viewers, Tatis is off today, so the Sox will have to make do only facing off against the $300 million man.
On the home team side, the vaunted White Sox offense has been largely silent this spring. Of the likely players to break with the active roster, only Luis Robert, Leury García, and Andrew Vaughn have shown consistency. If you’re into backup catchers, Jonathan Lucroy, Zack Collins, and Yermín Mercedes have all done well as the roster depth continues to take shape.
Here are the lineups from each side:
Lance Lynn takes the mound at Camelback Ranch! Tune in on https://t.co/7BJfvYnJPR, YouTube and Facebook (FB in-market only).— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 9, 2021
Camelback Ranch (Glendale, AZ)
⏰ 2:05 p.m. CT
It's #BUMPDAY at Camelback Ranch! @snellzilla4 | #PadresST pic.twitter.com/hKrxKq4Miz— San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 9, 2021
The first pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CST at Camelback Ranch on Whitesox.com, YouTube, and Facebook (in-market only).