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8/27: Open Game Thread

A statistical improbability.

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According to The Internet™, left-handed individuals make up just around 10% of the world's population. Ariel Miranda and José Quintana facing one another on the same day, then, could be seen as an extraordinary bit of serendipity. It is unfortunate that, of the two left-handers, the Chicago White Sox will be the ones starting a man who enters today tied for seventh in the MLB in fWAR for pitchers. Quintana may be overshadowed by his lefty devouring teammate, Chris Sale, but his 2016 numbers are nearly as worrying for opponents. Quintana's xFIP of 4.10 suggests some overachieving, but his 3.1% BB rate at home this season gives me the willies.

On the plus side, we have one out of a possible three professional baseball players named Seager in the lineup again today, which is infinitely superior to the last two games.

I'll give you a hint to which Seager it is: it's the one leading in the most important category.

Today's Lineups

Leonys Martin - CF Adam Eaton - CF
Guillermo Heredia - LF Tim Anderson - SS
Robinson Cano - 2B Melky Cabrera - LF
Nelson Cruz - DH Jose Abreu - 1B
Kyle Seager - 3B Todd Frazier - 3B
Franklin Gutierrez - RF Justin Morneau - DH
Dae-Ho Lee - 1B Avisail Garcia - RF
Chris Iannetta - C Alex Avila - C
Ketel Marte - SS Tyler Saladino - 2B
Ariel Miranda - LHP Jose Quintana - LHP

With a flurry of roster moves, the M's are in position to win yet another series in August against a decent team. The Orioles have already lost today, meaning Seattle sits just a game and a half out of the wild card. A lefty with no remarkable skills or pitches but extreme efficiency and a very low HR/FB rate stands in their way of moving to just a single game out.

Go M's.