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5/6/2018: Open Game Thread

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Oh my gosh it’s Felix vs. Ohtani and I can’t feel my face

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Have you ever stumbled into something you feel unworthy of being involved in? That’s how I feel about threading and recapping today’s game. Felix Hernandez vs. Shohei Ohtani in the rubber match of the first series against the Angels when the Mariners are a half game out of first place in the division? This game has so much to offer us! Let’s enjoy it together.

Here are the lineups:

Today's Lineups

LOS ANGELES ANGELS SEATTLE MARINERS
Ian Kinsler - 2B Dee Gordon - CF
Mike Trout - CF Jean Segura - SS
Justin Upton - DH Robinson Cano - 2B
Luis Valbuena - 1B Nelson Cruz - DH
Andrelton Simmons - SS Kyle Seager - 3B
Zack Cozart - 3B Mitch Haniger - RF
Jabari Blash - RF Ryon Healy - 1B
Chris Young - LF Mike Zunino - C
Rene Rivera - C Ben Gamel - LF
Shohei Ohtani - RHP Felix Hernandez - RHP

How about former Mariner Jabari Blash getting the start in right?

Ohtani had a strong start to the season on the hill, notching 18 strikeouts in 13 while running a 1.86 FIP in his first two starts; however, he didn’t enjoy as much success in his next two starts. In those appearances, his walk rate skyrocketed to 8.59 and batters made hard contact significantly more often. He hasn’t started since May 6th because of a blister issue. We will see if a now fully healthy Ohtani will return to his early season form.

TIME: 1:10 PM PST

RADIO: KIRO 710 ESPN

TV: ROOT NW

BONUS:

Here are two bonus things for you.

  • This is sort of unrelated but cool.
  • This is a cool stat about the Ners and Mike Zunino.