These here Seattle Mariners took a break from playing Russian roulette with their relievers to take game three of their series with the Rockies yesterday, and begin their first series of the season with the Rangers. It feels impossible Seattle hasn’t yet faced off against their DFW-area rivals, but this is the M’s first opportunity to enter Texas’ shiny new overflow warehouse of a ballpark.
The new Texas Ranger stadium has all the charm of the worlds largest Home Depot pic.twitter.com/VV18fA985v— Baseball (@baseballminutia) June 24, 2020
While the park drew its external inspiration from the Thorp Fruit & Antique Mall, the new digs will be doing something even newer this evening: playing with the top popped.
Rangers will play with the roof open tonight for the first time. Roof will stay closed until 20 minutes prior to first pitch. The Rangers want to see what it is like and have run it through MLB and the Mariners— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) August 10, 2020
With their retractable roof open for the 8:05 PM local time start (6:05 PM PT), we’ll see how conditions do or do not impact the ball. Tonight’s lineup is just about the best the M’s can muster, with their career infielders in left and right flanking Kyle Lewis to patrol Globe Life Field’s new-but-similarly-spacious outfield. Kyle Seager gets his first crack at huffing and puffing this new edifice into dust, with Kyle Gibson standing in his way. On the flip side, Justin Dunn will hope to improve his numbers after a first couple outings where he’s failed to surpass four innings, undone in particular by shoddy command and an elevated walk rate.
Lineups! Nola back in there. pic.twitter.com/EacOasKTTV— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) August 10, 2020
Additionally, prior to the game we had a few roster moves, which you can read in full here, as well as our series preview from Jake and Tim, which is right here, a dive from Kate and Joe into Evan White’s brutal start at the plate here, and our latest profile of a prospect for next year’s draft here!
Game Time: 6:05 PM PT
Radio: 710 AM ESPN