After a marathon three-game Cactus League road trip, the Maryvale Nine are finally back home for their first game at the new American Family Fields of Phoenix.
Zach Davies makes his second appearance of the spring after throwing 12 pitches in the spring opener on Saturday, although it will be his first start.
He faces a Padres lineup that does not yet contain Manny Machado, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still hope Machado steps on a scorpion or pricks his finger on a cactus. Someone who will be in the San Diego lineup, though, is prospect Fernando Tatis, Jr., largely considered the second-best prospect in baseball behind Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (and now I feel old).
In the home dugout, we’re starting to see more regulars, as Travis Shaw makes his first appearance of the spring. This will also be the first TV game where we’ll see Mike Moustakas at second base. He had two fielding opportunities without incident in his first appearance of the spring there.
Today’s lineup against the Padres in Phoenix to be heard on @620wtmj and seen on @fswisconsin at 2:05pm CT:— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) February 26, 2019
Arcia - SS
Shaw - 3B
Aguilar - 1B
Moustakas - 2B
Grandal - DH
Pérez - RF
Piña - C
Taylor - CF
Stokes - LF
Davies - P#CactusCrew pic.twitter.com/ysHWAYKwCA
First pitch is at 2:10 p.m. CDT, and it’s the first game where the FS Wisconsin crew is back together. Let’s all take a minute to appreciate this team photo, specifically Bill Schroeder undoubtedly a few beers in, posing with a cigar and a Miller Lite tallboy.