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9/21: Open Game Thread

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Mathematically possible, rationally implausible

i will dive way past the base to establish a new metagame
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Hello, Happy Thursday, and welcome to James Paxton’s final home start (and possibly final start...?) of the year! This is cause for joy, because Maple Grove, and James Paxton, and seeing one of the team’s best players! It’s also cruelly ironic, as this team, which has floundered away this last chance at a playoff birth given to them by the Twins’ recent losing streak, turns to the man who might have led them to said birth had he not been injured.

Anyway, if you’re here after last night’s heartbreaker that means you either just really love baseball (ha!) or still think this team has a legit chance (also ha!).

Please don’t let my cynicism impede your enjoyment of the game.

Today's Lineups

TEXAS RANGERS SEATTLE MARINERS
Delino DeShields Jr. - LF Jean Segura - SS
Shin-Soo Choo - RF Mitch Haniger - RF
Elvis Andrus - SS Robinson Cano - 2B
Adrian Beltre - DH Nelson Cruz - DH
Joey Gallo - 1B Kyle Seager - 3B
Carlos Gomez - CF Danny Valencia - 1B
Robinson Chirinos - C Mike Zunino - C
Rougned Odor - 2B Guillermo Heredia - CF
Will Middlebrooks - 3B Ben Gamel - LF
Cole Hamels - LHP James Paxton - LHP

The team is running out their full starting lineup, signalling that they are still making a desperate final push. Even if this game ends up being bad, it will be Adrian Beltre’s final start in Safeco Field this year, so enjoy it!

Game’s at 7:10 PM. It’s on Root Sports NW and 710 ESPN Seattle.