Today the Seattle Mariners and the Detroit Tigers will engage in a baseball game, providing actual fieldwork for the classic “If a tree falls in the forest” parable. Today’s game is also good and necessary because prior to this exact moment I thought Jordy Mercer had gone missing. Turns out he’s just been working for a middling company in Detroit, which is kind of the same thing.
While we hoot and holler and wonder who the hell Brandon Dixon and Christin Stewart are, it’s probably good to remember that all baseball fans are doing the same thing at the bottom third of the Mariners’ order. While Austin Nola and Kristopher Negrón continue to finesse playing time, minor league veteran Tim Lopes gets his first ever big-league start and stands to get his first plate appearance. Erik Swanson goes face-to-face with the jungle cats before giving way to Wade LeBlanc while Drew VerHagen, one of just five players on the Tigers’ 40-man roster to play for Detroit’s last postseason team, will greet Mallex Smith in the bottom of the first.
First Pitch: 7:10 p.m. PDT
TV: ROOT Sports NW, MLB.tv for out-of-market viewers
Radio: 710 ESPN or MLB At-Bat app