8/17/22: SEA at LAA Open Game Thread

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I was all ready to kick off this thread saying that today is the season finale of the particularly shitty tv show that has been the Mariners-Angels series this season, but then I looked at the schedule and can you believe we have yet another series against these jokers – a four-game set, to boot – in mid-September? The consequence of not playing Angels at all until mid-June I guess, although the Mariners were certainly lucky to miss out on the World Beating Angels and get those Zombie Angels instead , though Trout will likely be back the next time they see the Halos. But not today, Michael Nelson Trout, not today.

Ahh, this is the range of Angels zombies I like to see, although honestly the first three of Fletcher-Ohtani-and-Revenge-Tour-Rengifo, plus a healthy Taylor Ward, won’t be without challenges for George Kirby. Of all the starters we recap, Kirby is currently my favorite, as exciting as watching Castillo work; it’s fun to watch Kirby figure things out from outing to outing and try out different approaches and pitch sequences.

Kirby will pitch to Cal Raleigh, back in the lineup after having the day off yesterday, with a few other roster changes: Adam Frazier takes the lead, pushing Julio, who got into a slight fight, to second and giving the Mariners an enveloping speed threat from Haggerty-to-Frazier. Ty France, who has really struggled this month despite going into hero mode last night, has the day off. Also, Winker keeps punching over Haniger for reasons I don’t understand – or I guess I understand, right-left and all that, but that doesn’t mean I like them. Winker actually has a higher wRC+ than Haniger over the past two weeks, 184-166, but Haniger’s average is much higher – 0.351, exactly equal to Sam Haggerty’s, at 0.231 for Winker. I would prefer Mitch to have more of a chance to be on base with his skills, but if this is the start of a turnaround for Winker and some consistency from him more in line with his career standards, I’ll happily eat the biggest crow plate you can find.

Today’s game is a cursed YouTube game, so don’t expect a win, the real win is when the game is over and we’re out of YouTube games.

Here is the link to watch the game, starting at 1:07 PT. The actual broadcast will begin at 1 a.m. sharp, as YouTube does not bow to the Angels’ trademark start times, for which it deserves some respect from me. The show will include commentary from the Mariners and Angels social teams, as well as selected YouTube creators. I’ve been to some pages and I’m pretty confident in recommending that you don’t need to hear what FivePoints Vids, whose featured video TRIGGERS ALL 32 FANBASES IN ONE VIDEO, has to say about this Mariners- Angels Game.

There is also an Alt-Cast version of this game here, in which you can see Kenny Mayne forced to atone for some unknown sins of a past life by sharing hosting duties with a carousel of celebrities and A-level influencers. D. To be fair, there are people who legitimately know baseball on this one, as it’s run by former Mariner Cameron Maybin and MLB Network’s Lauren Gardner, but also, YouTube really just turned the box marked “Seattle Celebs – Not Macklemore” and saw what happened (apparently Joel McHale and Bill Nye).

Luckily, and maybe grateful that no one literally asked for it, there are also instructions on how to sync the radio stream with the game stream, which I’m going to copy for you here:

Mobile:

1) At the top right of the video player, click the 3-dot button
2.) Click on Audio track (3)
3.) Click on the audio track you want (Mariners Radio)

Desk :

1.) At the bottom right of the video player, click Settings
2.) Click on Audio track (3)
3.) Click on the audio track you want (Mariners Radio)

TV:

1.) In the video player, click on the 3-dot “More” button
2.) Scroll right and click on the Audio Track icon (3)
3.) Click on the audio track you want (Mariners Radio)

That’s it! See you on the other side.

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