9/14: Open game thread

Oh no, a ghost! - Otto Greule Jr

James Paxton vs. Michael Wacha

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Since the Mariners are playing the Cardinals, the former team of our beloved Brendan Ryan, I have unilaterally decided to declare this Brendan Ryan Appreciation Day! Mariners and Cardinals fans can join together and celebrate their departed hero. And hey, Yankees fans are welcome too as long as they talk about how amazing it is to finally have a great defensive shortstop. To properly respect today's celebration, if anyone mentions a team other than the Mariners, Cardinals or Yankees in this game thread they will be banned (Lies).

Today's game features two young exciting pitchers who are very tall, so it follows that this has the potential to be an exciting pitching match-up. Who wouldn't want to watch a potential double no-hitter game between two tall pitchers with playoff implications? You would be crazy to miss this opportunity. Please watch it with me. With us. Please.

The Mariners are starting four OFers in their line-up today, so that's odd and also worth watching. Let us see how Ackley handles the transition to rover with Nick Franklin getting a day off.

Lastly, hello, I am Jesse and I will be your steward today. Scott asked me to help out with some game recaps and other assorted, umm, things. Does anyone want to read more of an introduction than that? I can do it, if you want, but Mariners, so...

Please feel free to critically shred me to pieces, it is the sacrifice required to improve. My email is also open if you are uncomfortable ripping someone apart in public (constructively). Crazies are also welcome as long as they are friendly and keep the death threats to a minimum.

Lineups:

1. Brad Miller (L) SS
2. Franklin Gutierrez (R) RF
3. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
4. Kendrys Morales (S) 1B
5. Raul Ibanez (L) LF
6. Michael Saunders (L) CF
7. Mike Zunino (R) C
8. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
9. James Paxton (L) P

1. Matt Carpenter (L) 2B
2. Shane Robinson (R) CF
3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. David Freese (R) 3B
7. Brock Peterson (R) 1B
8. Pete Kozma (R) SS
9. Michael Wacha (R) P

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