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4/18/21: Astros vs. Mariners Open Game Thread

The Mariners will try to salvage a series win against the loathsome Astros

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Houston Astros v Seattle Mariners
See Will Vest, see Will Vest, get excited and pound his chest
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After the Mariners’ putrid offensive showing last night, where they failed to score even one run to support Chris Flexen’s sterling effort, not to mention another sharp turn by the bullpen, the team will try to get back on track. Unfortunately, they’ll have to do so against Jake Odorizzi, a late-season signing who has surely been doused in some Magic Astros Pitching Dust by now. Per Jake’s always-excellent series preview (read the series previews! they are helpful!), this game carries the lowest projected win percentage probability for the Astros—but it’s still projecting Houston to win by a healthy margin.

The COVID-depleted Astros will again be running out a shell of their regular lineup, this time with Chas McCormick in the outfield as opposed to local product Taylor Jones, who drove in Houston’s lone run last night.

The Mariners counter by returning Trammell to the outfield after a night off last night, putting two actual outfielders in the outfield and keeping Ty France off the dirt, which is where we like to see Ty France. Tom Murphy will do the catching for Justus Sheffield. I’ve been trying to track if the Mariners seem to have any particular catcher work with any particular pitcher and so far haven’t noticed any patterns; has anyone else?

The game starts up here soon at 1:10 PT, and you can find it on the radio at 710 ESPN or on good ol’ ROOT Sports NW. Also, if you’re looking to add a non-cable, non-MLB TV option to watch baseball (from which you will still be blacked out from Mariners games, because MLB blackout rules suck), remember we have affiliate links for FUBO TV or ESPN+ (free trials for both!), and if you use those links when signing up we get a small commission.