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8/19: Open Game Thread

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Stefen Romero is back, but so is baseball at Safeco. So it all balances out in the end.

Yesterday is gone, yesterday wasn't fun, but today there's another one!
Yesterday is gone, yesterday wasn't fun, but today there's another one!
Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Friday night game thread with this special announcement:

This news might make some excited, since Stefen Romero is possibly good!

Aye, there's the rub. Stefen Romero is, actually, unsurprisingly, a bad baseball player. In 230 plate appearances over the past three seasons, he's posted an OPS+ of just 55, with seven walks compared to 58 strikeouts. His numbers against lefties aren't much better, as he has a batting average just above the Mendoza Line and a slugging percentage that barely crosses .300. Yikes.

Of course, he's been torrid as of late in Tacoma, with a .314/.371/.551 slash line this season, and he can't be much worse than Dae-Ho. The lovable Korean first baseman has been far from lovable at the plate, with a .109 average and just three extra-base hits since the All-Star Break. For those of you who like Fangraphs' statistics more than Baseball-Reference's, that's a wRC+ of...nine. Not 109. Not 99. Nine.

So perhaps this will work. Perhaps Romero can figure it out. Just know that I'm not optimistic.

(Oh, and welcome back, Steve Cishek. You have a great Twitter presence and I think you're a great reliever when not closing out games.)

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A couple brief news items for your Friday evening perusal:

  • The Astros decided it was time to move on from Carlos Gomez, and he's officially being released. Any team could claim him in the next 48 hours, and there's certainly a possibility the M's will pounce. But given the fact that Norichika Aoki has actually hit pretty well since being recalled from Tacoma (.316/.350/.421, though with a slightly-inflated .329 BABIP), and the fact that Gomez will be a free agent at the end of the season, I'd be surprised if the Mariners end up with the Houston center fielder.
  • Yesterday's MLB owners meetings had some significance within Seattle...

Of course, Stanton & Co. were already part-owners, and we've known about this for months, but it's still pretty exciting to have the transfer complete.

But before we get to the lineups, a few words about the Brewers' starting pitcher, Brent Suter, who is making his major-league debut tonight.

  • Suter is the first southpaw to start a game for the Brewers since Tom Gorzelanny on August 28, 2013. That's a crazy long time! And the Brewers haven't had a lefty regularly part of their rotation since Randy Wolf in 2012. I can't imagine many teams have had longer streaks than that.
  • Suter has great control, walking just 1.1 batters per nine innings in 23 appearances in AAA this year. He makes up for it by allowing a pretty decent number of hits, however, which is bad for him but good for the M's.
  • Finally, Suter went to a very bad school in Massachusetts. I am incredibly and unapologetically biased, but right now Brent Suter is leading a baseball team against my favorite team, representing my school's biggest rival, and my baseball team actually wants to win because it is somehow competing for a playoff spot. There is probably nobody in the world I dislike more than Brent Suter. Sorry, Brent.

Today's Lineups

MILWAUKEE BREWERS SEATTLE MARINERS
Jonathan Villar - 3B Shawn O'Malley - LF
Keon Broxton - CF Franklin Gutierrez - RF
Ryan Braun - DH Robinson Canó - 2B
Hernán Pérez - 2B Nelson Cruz - DH
Chris Carter - 1B Kyle Seager - 3B
Domingo Santana - 2B Stefen Romero - 1B
Manny Piña - C Chris Iannetta - C
Orlando Arcia - SS Leonys Martin - CF
Jake Elmore - LF Ketel Marte - SS
Brent Suter - LHP Wade LeBlanc - LHP

Game info:

Game Time: 7:05 PM

TV: ROOTNW

Radio: 710 ESPN

#goms #keepfighting