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Game 128 Open Thread - Royals vs. Nationals

Wade Davis vs. Jordan Zimmermann. Hide your children.

So metal
So metal
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If you have the option of doing something other than watching the Royals game tonight, you should probably take advantage of it. If not, at least we have each other.

Ned Yost needs an out-machine hitting in the top of the lineup, a role filled by Emilio Bonifacio. Jamey Carroll and Chris Getz are both absent from the lineup, so it's at least somewhat better than normal. Josh Vernier of 610 KCSP brings us the Royals lineup:

After about 30 seconds of deliberation, my lineup using these nine players would be:


For those who are confused with George Kottaras hitting third, remember The Book says you want your best three hitters hitting first, second and fourth, followed by your next two highest quality hitters hitting third and fifth. I really don't like having three lefties in a row, but Salvador Perez could always pinch-hit late in games.

Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth are out of the Nationals lineup, replaced by Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore. The Twitter account MLB Lineups brings us the Nationals batting order:

This might be the last Saturday game you watch on FSKC, with college football returning next week.

The Kansas City Chiefs play a preseason game tonight. I'm sure many of us will be flipping between the two events, but please don't give a play-by-play of the preseason game in the comments. Some Chiefs talk is fine, this is an open thread after all, but most of us here are willingly watching the Royals. Arrowhead Pride will be happy to have you if you'd rather discuss football than baseball.

Song of the Day: Meshuggah - Bleed

Meshuggah is not for the faint of heart, but they are one of the best and most influential technical metal bands around. "Bleed" is one of their more popular songs, and it features some ridiculous drumming. Tomas Haake is one of the best metal drummers and songwriters alive, and it really shows in the video above.