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7/7: Open game thread

Taijuan Walker Vs. Kyle Ryan

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This team can't decide what it is. It's almost certainly not good. But it also isn't horrid as the sheer amount of talent on hand won't let them sink to the bottom of the league. The parity of the AL is at an all-time high, with almost every team feeling like they are a hot streak from the 2nd wild card, and the Mariners always feel poised to rip off a streak of 9 wins in 11 or something like that.

But instead it's just win one day, lose the next. Since the end of that horrific home stand last month here are the team's results over 26 games: W-W-L-L-W-L-W-L-W-L-W-W-L-L-W-L-W-L-L-W-W-L-W-L-W-L.

That is a very, very, boring way to go 13-13. Fortunately that means the team is due for a win tonight and with Taijuan Walker on the hill it's easy to feel good about your chances. We've talked about Tai a fair amount on the site recently and with good reason; a 51/3 K/BB ratio over 7 starts is some Cliff Lee shit. He's 22, he's a rising star. So the team is mediocre and frustrating? You will watch anyway, because you must watch. Watch for Tai. He's alright.

Game info

  • Tigers @ Mariners, 7:10 PST, Safeco Field
  • TV: ROOT, Radio: 710 ESPN, Online: MLBTV, Gifs: (404)

Today's Lineups

Ian Kinsler - 2B Austin Jackson - CF
Yoenis Cespedes - LF Franklin Gutierrez - LF
Victor Martinez - DH Robinson Cano - 2B
J.D. Martinez - RF Nelson Cruz - RF
Alex Avila - C Kyle Seager - 3B
Nick Castellanos - 3B Mark Trumbo - DH
Marc Krauss - 1B Logan Morrison - 1B
Anthony Gose - CF Mike Zunino - C
Jose Iglesias - SS Chris Taylor - SS
Kyle Ryan - LHP Taijuan Walker - RHP