After a return of good ol-fashioned Chaos Ball last night, the Mariners attempt to secure a series split with the A’s tonight. It’s going to be tough sledding for the Mariners hitters, though, as the A’s will be running out the ace of their rotation in Chris Bassitt, who, as Jake pointed out in the series preview, should have been a first-ballot All-Star this year instead of an injury replacement. The Mariners will counter with Logan Gilbert, who’s making a strong case to be considered the ace of his own rotation after stringing together several impressive outings over his last few games.
In exciting news, tonight marks the MLB debut of the Battery of the Future, Logan Gilbert pitching to Cal Raleigh. Logan and Cal have one of the most interesting relationships in the organization; they’re good friends, but they’re also a little competitive with each other, each trying to best the other in preparation, and they’re not above a little brotherly ribbing of each other:
In honor of the Cal Raleigh-Logan Gilbert battery for the first time tonight and the truly sibling-like relationship between the two developed over years in the minors: here is Logan trying his best to learn ukelele and Cal being a real brat about it pic.twitter.com/Nmw97yjegm— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) July 24, 2021
Read more about Logan and Cal’s relationship and how it was forged in the minors here.
Tonight’s game can be seen in all the old familiar places (710 ESPN for radio, ROOT Sports NW for TV, MLB TV for those of you out of area), and it starts at 7:10 PT.