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7/26: Open game thread

Taijuan Walker Vs. Mark Buehrle

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In a season where the Mariners are honoring Jamie Moyer they will now confront ol' Mark Buehrle, maybe the closest thing the game still has to a Moyer. Buehrle is in his 15th full season in the majors now and shows no signs of slowing down, either in production or in pace of play.

Buehrle has been the very picture of predictability and dependability throughout his career, having posted 10 seasons between 2.8-4.1 fWAR. Even more remarkable is if he can finish the season healthy he has an excellent chance of topping 200 IP, which he has done every single year of his career. He does it with a mid-80's fastball, cutter and changeup, same as he always has. He's going to work fast, he's going to allow some hits, and he's not going to walk people. That last part is fine since well you know how the Mariners roll by now.

Mark Buehrle also drives this truck, which is important:

Taijuan Walker is on the hill for the Mariners. There Will Be Dingers. It's up to Tai to limit baserunners so the dingers are not back breakers and up to the defense, which has totally let him down his past 2 starts, to pick it up a bit.

There's very little chance this game means anything larger than today's result but blood is still owed for the Canadian invasion of King's Court and sending them back north on a sour note would be nice.

Win, ya misdemeanor crimes.

Game info

  • Blue Jays @ Mariners, 1:10 PST, Safeco Field
  • TV: ROOT, Radio, 710 ESPN, Online: MLBTV

Today's Lineups

Jose Reyes - SS Austin Jackson - CF
Josh Donaldson - 3B Kyle Seager - 3B
Jose Bautista - RF Nelson Cruz - RF
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Robinson Cano - DH
Justin Smoak - 1B Franklin Gutierrez - LF
Russell Martin - C Mark Trumbo - 1B
Ezequiel Carrera - LF Chris Taylor - 2B
Kevin Pillar - CF Brad Miller - SS
Ryan Goins - 2B Mike Zunino - C
Mark Buehrle - LHP Taijuan Walker - RHP