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8/21/18: Open Game Thread

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the one without nelson cruz

Houston Astros v Seattle Mariners Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Alas, the smoke hasn’t cleared yet. But the baseball marches on.

The Astros are conducting a bullpen day today, and will open with Brad Peacock. After a very solid 2017 as a swingman, Peacock has moved to the bullpen full-time this year, and has become a swing-and-miss monster, with a strikeout rate pushing 40%. He’s been somewhat prone to the long ball, though, sporting a HR/FB more than double what it was last year. While he likely won’t go more than two or three innings, it would behoove the M’s to jump on him early.

Mike Leake is fresh off his best start of the season, twirling eight scoreless frames against the A’s last Wednesday. Although that may be a little too much to ask against Houston, Leake has been on quite a run since a rocky first two months of the year, and has provided desperately-needed reliability in the rotation...

uh oh

Bullpen vs. bullpen! Cool cool cool cool.

Also roster move incoming! Seeing Detwiler tonight is almost a certainty, I’d say.

Game Time: 7:10 PDT

TV: ROOTNW, MLB.tv

Radio: 710 ESPN, MLB At Bat