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8/22: Open Game Thread

Michael Pineda vs. A Real Sweet Kid

look at this one of his legs is like the size of a teenager
look at this one of his legs is like the size of a teenager
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Today the Mariners will try to pretend yesterday never happened and look for a fresh start against the Baby Bombers, which is one of my less-favorite squad nicknames in a while (it's no Wolfpack, for sure). After punting on the remainder of 2016, the Yankees have gone 11-8 in August, including a four-game-winning streak in the middle of the month. Tonight Michael Pineda, one of the seemingly innumerable Ghosts of Trades Past haunting the Mariners, takes the mound against Professional Baseball Player Cody Martin. Pineda struggled in the first half, but has been significantly better in the second half, lowering his ERA by almost two full points. The Mariners will throw out the Left-Handed Special version of the lineup to greet Pineda, although Pineda has actually struck out a higher percentage of lefty batters (28%) than righties (25%) this year; he has, however, walked twice as many left-handed batters. The Mariners will need to C the heck out of the Z tonight to get on base and hope for a few hits to fall their way, perhaps courtesy of Pineda's .334 BABIP, in order to prop up Sweet Kid Cody Martin in what will hopefully be his last start before Paxton returns to the rotation. Now pardon me while I go knock on all the wood.

Today's Lineups

Brett Gardner - LF Norichika Aoki - LF
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Seth Smith - RF
Gary Sanchez - C Robinson Cano - 2B
Didi Gregorius - SS Nelson Cruz - DH
Starlin Castro - 2B Kyle Seager - 3B
Brian McCann - DH Adam Lind - 1B
Aaron Judge - RF Mike Zunino - C
Chase Headley - 3B Leonys Martin - CF
Tyler Austin - 1B Ketel Marte - SS
Michael Pineda - RHP Cody Martin - RHP

Tonight's Game: 7:10 PST, in what is surely a great hardship for the viewing public of the New York Metropolitan Area
TV: ROOT, YES (or ROOT, NO! depending on the game coverage)
Radio/Web: 710 ESPN, available on your radio contraption or the TuneIn app;