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9/26/20 Open Game Thread (Game 1)

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In which the Mariners play “for pride”

What do you mean you’re out of cheese curds?
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Believe it or not, there are just three games left in the Mariners season. It’s been a surreal ride, fraught with subpar play and the presence of Phil Ervin. Don’t get me wrong, though. The highs have been great (thanks, Kyle Lewis), and maybe, just maybe, enough to convince the team to try to get into win-soon mode instead of win-in-a-while mode.

Today’s game marks Justus Sheffield’s final start of the season. Sheffield came into 2020 with as many question marks as anybody in what promised to be a make-or-break season for the former centerpiece of the James Paxton trade. By all indications, he’s delivered. Justus has thrown 50.1 innings of 3.08 FIP baseball. Over a full season he’s been on pace for at least 4.0 fWAR. If you’ve been looking for encouraging signs of progress in the 2020 Marienrs, Justus has been one of them.

He’ll be taking on the A’s, which has seemingly never become a less boring proposition over the years, regardless of how good they actually are.

Today's Lineups

MARINERS ATHLETICS
J.P. Crawford - SS Marcus Semien - SS
Ty France - 2B Tommy La Stella - 2B
Kyle Lewis - CF Ramon Laureano - CF
Kyle Seager - 3B Mark Canha - LF
Luis Torrens - C Matt Olson - 1B
Evan White - 1B Khris Davis - DH
Tim Lopes - DH Stephen Piscotty - RF
Phillip Ervin - RF Jake Lamb - 3B
Braden Bishop - LF Sean Murphy - C
Justus Sheffield - LHP Mike Minor - LHP

Game time: 1:10 PM PST

TV: Root Sports NW

Radio: 710 AM ESPN Seattle

Streaming: MLB.tv