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4/7/21: Open Game Thread

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well, onward

Chicago White Sox v Seattle Mariners Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Even by normal Mariner standards, last night was pretty uniquely deflating. James Paxton exiting after just two dozen pitches and an electric first inning with the always ominous “left forearm strain”? A 10-4 - not so good, buddy - loss? Puke. Well, today’s a new day, a fresh start, and here’s to hoping the Mariners get off on the right f-

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Well, then. Taylor Trammell starting against a lefty is something to keep an eye on, but I think he’s there more out of necessity than anything - I like José Marmolejos as much as the next guy, but in left field with Dylan Moore or Sam Haggerty manning center? No thanks. John blurbed the roster moves - in short, Braden Bishop and Ljay Newsome are coming up, and Nick Margevicius is taking Paxton’s spot in the rotation. The White Sox haven’t been immune to the injury bug, either, having placed their star shortstop Tim Anderson on the injured list with a hamstring tweak this morning. Nonetheless, Chicago’s relative B-team lineup should still be a good test for Justin Dunn, whose uptick in stuff this spring turned some heads. If he can keep the fastball velocity through his whole start and limit the walks to one or two, I would probably be satisfied. Regardless, old enemy Dallas Keuchel is going up for the White Sox, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see ground ball after ground ball worm out of Seattle’s bats.

Game Time: 1:10pm PDT

TV: Root Sports NW, MLB.tv

Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle, MLB At Bat