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8/28: Open Game Thread

It's Felix day. I don't even know what to expect anymore.

and heres another thing
and heres another thing

The options are limitless.

In the worst case scenario, Felix will run into trouble in the second and fourth innings like he did in Arlington a few weeks ago, and get pulled only to see the Mariners bats continue to falter. The Rangers wallop the Mariners in front of the 12,000 something assembled baseball fans in Seattle, and the season is perfectly encapsulated: foolishness, futility, failure.

But with Felix on the mound, anything can happen. And this is a nice thing to be able to say, especially here on August 28th. Felix could throw a perfect game today. He isn't going to, but he's capable of doing it whenever he starts, and he just happens to be starting today. He could strike out 12 Rangers. That's possible. Even if he suddenly looks up with runners on second and third and no outs he can grit his teeth and strike out the side, escaping trouble with clenched fists and a violent scream.

Last night was garbage. Even Felix has had a couple of bummer games this year. But it doesn't mean today has to be a bummer. Now, of course, the Rangers trot out yet another lefty so who knows what the lefty-heavy Mariners are going to be able to do early on. Nick Franklin gets the start at second so he can switch, and surprisingly, Wedge is going with Ibanez, Ackley, and Saunders in the outfield.

Here's your song.


P. Felix Hernandez (R)