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4/12/21: Open Game Thread

the road trip marches on

Oakland Athletics v Seattle Mariners
guess who’s coming to left field?
Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Talk about a wild series win! I’m still in disbelief that the M’s managed to pull off a victory yesterday, and I think we’ll be looking back on that game for quite some time. Today kicks off what should be a much calmer four-game set against the Orioles, whose 4-5 record is better than I expected. Thankfully, they’re on a bit of a cold snap, having gone 1-5 since an Opening Series three-game sweep against the Red Sox, to whom they dropped yesterday’s game 14-9.

José Marmolejos may have the highest ISO on the team, but a left fielder he is not. When has that ever stopped the Mariners, though? With Mitch Haniger on a DH day, Taylor Trammell finds himself flanked by Marmo and Dylan Moore, so he may be in for some extra ground to cover in the gaps. Let’s hope Justus Sheffield’s ground ball ways continue! Luis Torrens is behind the dish after another solid game at the plate, and between his performance and Tom Murphy’s uh, lack of so far, you have to wonder if the starting job is effectively his until Cal Raleigh arrives.

Evan White also makes his return to the lineup after taking over in the ninth yesterday, and is dropped all the way down to seventh in the order. Although he’s consistently found himself in good counts to start the year, that hasn’t translated to results just yet, but today would be a great time for that to change. The Orioles are running a righty-heavy lineup, and the top half has some home run power. Cedric Mullins and his 229 (!) wRC+ out of the leadoff spot has been by far the toughest out, though, and if Sheffield and company can keep him in check, they stand a good chance at coming out on top. Dean Kremer hasn’t had much success in his 21.2 Major League innings, and today would be a good time for that 0.0% HR/FB and 30.6% ground ball rate he put up in 2020 to continue regressing, especially in a hitter’s park like Camden.

Game Time: 4:05pm PDT

TV: ROOT Sports NW,

Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle, MLB At Bat