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7/9/21: Open Game Thread

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Oh, oh, oh, ohtaniiiiiiii, auto parts!

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Happy weekend! I don’t know about you, but this felt like the longest short week I can remember. I’m very excited to sit down and watch our ace* dominate** against the Los Angeles*** Angels.

* - one-time ace, permanent designation is up in the air right now

** - see above

*** - technically Anaheim

Fortunately for the Mariners, this series against the Angels won’t include Mike Trout, who remains on the shelf with a calf strain. It’s unclear if Justin Upton, who will miss this weekend’s games, being out will be a positive or a negative for the M’s, though the highly-paid and one-time-almost-Mariner has rebounded this year with a 124 wRC+.

The other Mariners news of the day is that Damon Casetta-Stubbs, local boy made good after he was selected in the 11th round a few years ago, was announced as the PTBNL sent to Cleveland for Jake Bauers. DCS has shown flashes of brilliance amidst an overall inconsistent season in Modesto this season (12.84 K/9, but 5.98 BB/9 and a 6.42 ERA in nine starts), and even though it remains unlikely that he’ll be a big league starter some day, that feels like a heftier return for a 25-year-old with a 61 wRC+ in 2021.

With that said, lineups!

First pitch: 7:10pm PT

TV: ROOT Sports

Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners.com