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9/24: Open Game Thread

First Pitch: 4:05pm PDT



Ichiro RF Granderson CF Betancourt SS Polanco 2B Ibanez LF Shelton 1B Sexson 1B Monroe RF Beltre 3B Pena DH Dobbs DH Rodriguez C Lopez 2B Thames LF Choo CF Inge 3B Rivera C Infante SS ----------                  ----------

Moyer (12-6, 4.44)          Grilli (0-0, 4.50)

Once upon a time, Jason Grilli was one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. The $1.875m signing bonus he got after he was drafted remains the highest in San Francisco's history, and Baseball America ranked him as the system's #1 prospect in both 1998 and 1999. He was fast-tracked to the high minors, and it seemed like only a matter of time before he'd be at the top of the Giants' rotation.

Then things started falling apart. People began to realize that Grilli, for all of his physical abilities, really couldn't pitch very well, having posted a 5.32 minor league ERA through 2000. He then fell victim to a variety of injuries, had Tommy John Surgery in 2002, and left a lot of his pure stuff on the table. So now we have a former top prospect who's turning 29 in November and who hasn't posted an impressive stat line over an extended period of time at any level, anywhere.

But he's taking on Jamie Moyer on the road, so hey, who knows.

Random Girl Guest Analyst Score Prediction:

5-4 Seattle