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Open Game Thread: 8/22/18

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Two real starters are starting!

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Mariners’ loss last night makes them 5-1 in their last six games against the Astros. But I encourage you to consider this: the Mariners have won their last five games against Houston when they’ve started someone that normally starts. Game changer. Here are the lineups:

Today's Lineups

ASTROS MARINERS
Alex Bregman - 3B Mitch Haniger - CF
Jose Altuve - 2B Robinson Cano - 3B
Carlos Correa - SS Jean Segura - SS
Tyler White - DH Nelson Cruz - DH
Marwin Gonzalez - LF Denard Span - LF
Yuli Gurriel - 1B Ryon Healy - 1B
Josh Reddick - RF Ben Gamel - RF
Martin Maldonado - C Mike Zunino - C
Tony Kemp - CF Dee Gordon - 2B

Fortunately, even after trotting out a reliever to start last night, only three pitchers were used. Nick Vincent pitched well to start, but likely won’t be available after pitching two innings. Zach Duke pitched a scoreless inning and Ross Detwiler was DFA’d with Nick Rumbelow being called up in his place. Plenty of options are still available in the ‘pen. Let’s see if Marco Gonzales can return to form and if the Mariners can get to Charlie Morton again.