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9/23/20: Open Game Thread

what kind of start time is this?

MLB: SEP 17 Mariners at Giants Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good afternoon, folks, and apologies for the delayed thread. These 3:40 start times sneak up on you! We have a pretty fun matchup today, with future Hall of Famer Zack Greinke going for the Astros against Nick Margevicius, who’s had himself a perfectly fine sophomore season in the bigs thus far. Here’s hoping he can cap off 2020 with a solid performance and stave off playoff elimination for one more day.

Wait, where’s Jake Fraley? Ugly performance last night aside, we were told he’d be playing pretty much every game the last week of the year. What gives with Marmo in left?

Ah. Well then. Not sure how an athlete in his physical prime can strain a quad while striking out three times and making one running catch, but I suppose anything can happen. Despite receiving a combined 70 plate appearances in the Majors the past two years, one has to wonder if we’ve seen the last of Fraley as a Mariner. I, personally, am leaning towards “yes”, and wouldn’t be shocked to see him go in a trade for some pitching this offseason. We can expect Braden Bishop to be, at the very least, a defensive replacement, especially considering the team is running with Marmolejos and Tim Lopes in the corners today.

Game Time: 3:40pm PDT

TV: ROOT Sports NW, for out-of-market

Radio: 710 ESPN, MLB At Bat