What to watch in tonight's series finale

June, 10, 2010
6/10/10
8:32
AM CT
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers and Mariners face off one last time during this homestand. Texas hopes to come out with a 5-2 homestand and winning three of four from Seattle. Here are some things to keep an eye on:

* What does Tommy Hunter do for an encore? Hunter's first start of 2010 was a memorable one on Saturday. He pitched a complete game on 117 pitches, allowing just one run on five hits with four strikeouts. He didn't walk a batter and showed excellent fastball control. The cutter was particularly good. Can he follow up his well-pitched game against Tampa Bay with one against an offensively-challenged Mariners lineup?

* Ian Kinsler's homestand was a struggle until last night. He was 3-for-16 on the first five games of the homestand, but was 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. He was on base all four plate appearances and scored three runs. It was the kind of performance we saw right after he returned from injury to start his season late. Let's watch tonight and see if Kinsler builds on it. Manager Ron Washington likes him in the 3-hole and doesn't want to move him. He's showing faith that his second baseman will get things together. Maybe Kinsler can build some momentum from Wednesday.

* Julio Borbon continues his resurgence with a 2-for-3 night. He sure looks more like the hitter we saw last season than the one we watched struggle early this season. He's going with pitches, not trying to do too much and is getting results. Give the Rangers credit for staying very patient with him (though they didn't have too much choices).

* The fun part about how the Rangers' offense has performed this homestand is that there are certain at-bats that you can't afford to miss. Obviously, Vladimir Guerrero tops the list because he can absolutely crush one at any time (see Tuesday's long ball to left field). But Micheal Young is eight hits shy of Pudge Rodriguez's franchise record and that's going to be cool when he gets it (could be on the road trip). Josh Hamilton's swing is in a groove too.

* Neftali Feliz wasn't his dominant self in the ninth inning of last night's game. But he wasn't in a save situation and I really think that has an effect on closers. Does he get a shot in a close game tonight? If so, is it the usual Feliz? (I bet it is).

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