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6/15/19: Open Game Thread

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they’re really leaning into this opener thing huh

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Last night was fun, huh? Maybe let’s do it again tonight.

For the fifth time this season, the Mariners are deploying an opener. Gerson Bautista is getting his second crack at it after firing 1.1 scoreless innings on Wednesday, though he’ll probably only stick around for the first. Wade LeBlanc is next up, and he’s benefited quite nicely from this strategy - in his past two outings, each of which he had an opener for, he’s given up just three runs over fourteen innings while walking just two hitters. Here’s hoping that trend continues. Edwin Encarnación is out with a sore back, and Dee Gordon is getting the day off due to a slightly tender wrist after all the headfirst slides he’s been taking the past couple games. Get well soon, guys.

The latest Oakland A to turn into a star out of nowhere is, unfortunately, on the mound tonight. After putting up middling numbers last season through 65 innings, Frankie Montas has been on a tear to start the year, putting up a 3.05 FIP over 76 frames. He’s upped his strikeout rate by over nine points from last year, and he’s learned and deployed a splitter fairly often along with a fastball that averages around 96. We might need some luck dragons to get a win here.

Game Time: 6:07 PDT

TV: ROOTNW, MLB.tv

Radio: 710 ESPN, MLB At Bat

EDIT: Welp.

Fly on, parrot. After leading the AL in home runs, the Mariners’ most prized trade chip has a new home. Details are currently scant, though we’ll have a blurb on the way once more information comes.