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9/18: Open game thread

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Justin Verlander

Good news Kuma! You won't need that vile tool today.
Good news Kuma! You won't need that vile tool today.
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Our heroic Mariners try to salvage the chance to split this series with the Tigers. Lose today, and they lose the series. Lose the series and all may be lost. They might even disband. The stakes have never been higher.

Raul gets the rare off day. The ongoing speculation is that the Mariners are starting him nearly every day so that he has a better chance to break the OMDR (old man dinger record, pronounced Ohm-Dur). Some fans have been annoyed by this because they would prefer to see the young guys who are part of the future get their at-bats. But it makes sense from a marketing standpoint as the Mariners have no choice but to cling to any possibly interesting thing they can at this point. Raul hit a home run last night, and being as streaky as he is, it was a decent bet he would start today. Do the Mariners, in fact, want him to miss out on the record? Is the computer program running the Mariners just a spiteful monster, delighting in our misery? That would explain some of the roster construction issues. Did it allow Ibanez to get to the brink of history, to get us fans invested and partially excited only to snatch it away at the last instant? Would it go out of its way to hurt Raul Ibanez and his shot at OMDR glory?


1. Dustin Ackley (L) CF
2. Franklin Gutierrez (R) RF
3. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
6. Michael Saunders (L) LF
7. Nick Franklin (S) 2B
8. Henry Blanco (R) C
9. Carlos Triunfel (R) SS

Hisashi Iwakuma - P

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Don Kelly (L) RF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Victor Martinez (S) DH
6. Matt Tuiasosopo (R) LF
7. Alex Avila (L) C
8. Hernan Perez (R) 2B
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS

Justin Verlander - P