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4/15/21: Open Game(s) Thread


Seattle Mariners v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

As Seattle Public Schools works through its spring break the Mariners have managed to procure a very collegiate spring break schedule. Traveling to a distant and intriguing land like Baltimore, or Tucson, or Stockton to face off against less common opponents in seven inning double-headers with practice days interspersed. I can almost taste the In-N-Out seasoned with Old Bay.

Game One of today’s double-dip starts bright and early, cracking off at 9:35 AM PT with Marco Gonzales on the hill. The M’s and O’s are once again employing the strategy of using their starters higher in the rotation for the first game of Jackie Robinson Day. That means Marco Gonzales gets a chance to right the ship on his troubling campaign thus far against Orioles no. 2 starter Matt Harvey. Seattle is sitting Evan White once again, not surprising considering how gimpy he looked in his partial showing on Tuesday. Hopefully he can rest fully and return to balmy Seattle this weekend in full health for the Astros, but we’ll see if he appears in Game Two.

For their 27th man today, the M’s selected long relief over 40-man smoothness, calling up RHP Robert Dugger for the day and adding him to the 40-man roster, having successfully snuck him through waivers and cleared him off the 40-man this winter. Dugger is a soft-tossing 25 year old former 18th round pick by the Mariners who was traded to Miami as part of the Dee Gordon deal, who has since returned to Seattle through waivers. He made a number of starts for the Fish, but hasn’t had much success in the bigs, living in the low-90s with a toolkit of pitches he works in to try and compensate.

Game Time: 9:35 AM PT

Radio: 710 AM
Online: MLB.TV