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4/15: Open Game Thread

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Taijuan Walker vs. Brett Anderson

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, after two consecutive nights of heartbreak, the Mariners have their final game in that abomination of a field known as Dodger Stadium in that shithole of a city known as Los Angeles. Twice in as many nights the Mariners have been close to pulling off a victory, and twice in as many nights the Mariners have fallen short.

Under normal circumstances, I'd declare the situation to be a red alert, but then again, the Dodgers are a good team. In fact, they are predicted to be one of the best teams, so it wasn't like the Mariners were going to waltz on in and just sweep a series from underneath their noses. Still, it would be nice to see something come from the series, and it's got the potential to be a tough draw tonight.

On the lineup front, not much has changed. Lloyd McClendon's unwavering faith in Austin Jackson continues and both Rickie Weeks and Nelson Cruz are in the outfield. Dustin Ackley gets a well-deserved night off, although with the way he has been hitting as of late, maybe what he deserves is to constantly play without any days off.

The Mariners and the Dodgers have been slugging it out, and history says the Mariners will have their hands full slugging it out tonight. Statistics will say Brett Anderson has spent the better part of his career silencing the Mariners' bats as a member of the Oakland Athletics. But a majority of those innings came in 2009 and 2010 when basically every opposing team routinely silenced the Mariners' bats.

Taijuan Walker gets the start for the Mariners, and it would be nice to see him put up a better effort than he did in his first start of the season. This should be a feat he is able to accomplish because the last time around Walker decided to get the worst pitching performance of his career out of the way.

Game info

  • Mariners at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m. PST
  • TV: Root, Radio: 710 ESPN, Online: mlb.tv

Today's Lineups

SEATTLE MARINERS LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Rickie Weeks - LF Jimmy Rollins - SS
Austin Jackson - CF Yasmani Grandal - C
Robinson Cano - 2B Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Nelson Cruz - RF Howie Kendrick - 2B
Kyle Seager - 3B Andre Ethier - RF
Logan Morrison - 1B Scott Van Slyke - LF
Mike Zunino - C Juan Uribe - 3B
Brad Miller - SS Joc Pederson - CF
Taijuan Walker - RHP Brett Anderson - LHP