9/20: Open Game Thread

Mike Trout: victim of the ol' visible ball trick - Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Matt Shoemaker

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Someone finally had the damn sense to give Kyle Seager a day off. Seager has been slumping since the beginning of August and Carlos Triunfel will slide in to cover 3rd tonight. Ibanez gets another shot at the record. Will you say "I remember where I was when-" no, you probably won't. You don't exist. No one is here.

If you can't find any reason to watch your Mariners, maybe you can find some reasons in the opponent, the despised Angels. The Mariners face their 2nd MVP candidate in as many series in the person of Mike Trout. If you haven't been paying attention, Trout is arguably having a better season than he did last year. Unfortunately for Trout, his MVP nemesis from last year, Miguel Cabrera, may also be having a better season than he did last year.

We also have the pleasure of watching Josh Hamilton continue his transmogrification from Supernova to Neutron star. Yes, we could call his new form a black hole, but I feel a black hole is too powerful and interesting. Although, by the power of it's sucking it does continue to become a bigger and bigger black hole. We'll work on this more later, for now, enjoy the train wreck.

Last thing, check out this link to Baseballpress where you can view today's lineup. Scroll down to this game and click on Matt Shoemaker. No, I don't think so, Angels fan who inserted that link.

Lineups:

Seattle Mariners

1. Dustin Ackley (L) - 2B
2. Michael Saunders (L) - CF
3. Franklin Gutierrez (R) - RF
4. Kendrys Morales (S) - DH
5. Raul Ibanez (L) - LF
6. Justin Smoak (S) - 1B
7. Nick Franklin (S) - SS
8. Mike Zunino (R) - C
9. Carlos Triunfel (R) - 3B
Erasmo Ramirez (R) - P

Los Angeles Angels

1. J.B. Shuck (L) - LF
2. Howie Kendrick (R) - 2B
3. Mike Trout (R) - CF
4. Josh Hamilton (L) - DH
5. Mark Trumbo (R) - 1B
6. Kole Calhoun (L) - RF
7. Erick Aybar (S) - SS
8. Hank Conger (S) - C
9. Andrew Romine (S) - 3B
Matt Shoemaker (R) - P

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