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4/22/14: Open game thread

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Erasmo Ramirez vs. Collin McHugh.

Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Last night's game was difficult to watch. It was no blown save by Brandon League or 16-9 monstrosity by Brandon Maurer, but it didn't have to be. Seven losses in a row is tough to take. Nine losses in 10 games is downright brutal.

Following such a game, we can be assured of several things: First, that Felix Hernandez will continue to be an outstanding pitcher, even with the occasional off day; second, that Mike Zunino's foul ball actually touched the moon (or at the very least, the roof); and third, that there are still 143 games left to redeem this season. It may be pointless to drum up any kind of optimism in the face of back-to-back series losses to two of baseball's worst teams, but it would be equally pointless to give up on the season in mid-April.

Game info

  • Mariners vs. Astros, 7:10 p.m. PST
  • Tonight's game will be televised on ROOT Sports and broadcast on 710 ESPN. If you live out of the blackout-restricted area, you can also follow along at MLB TV here.
  • This is Dustin Ackley's second day hitting second in the lineup.
  • Ryan Divish reports that Hisashi Iwakuma will throw a simulated game at Safeco. Hitters slated to face him include Logan Morrison, Willie Bloomquist, Nick Franklin, and Stefen Romero. Meanwhile, Taijuan Walker has a meeting with his doctors tomorrow to figure out when he can resume his rehab.

Lineups

Today's Lineups

HOUSTON ASTROS SEATTLE MARINERS
Jose Altuve - 2B Abraham Almonte - CF
Dexter Fowler - CF Dustin Ackley - LF
Jason Castro - C Robinson Cano - 2B
George Springer - RF Corey Hart - DH
Marc Krauss - 1B Kyle Seager - 3B
Alex Presley - LF Justin Smoak - 1B
Chris Carter - DH Michael Saunders - RF
Matt Dominguez - 3B Mike Zunino - C
Jonathan Villar - SS Brad Miller - SS
Collin McHugh - RHP Erasmo Ramirez - RHP