The Rangers try to take their second straight from Seattle on Saturday night when right-hander Nick Tepesch faces off against Mariners right-hander Brandon Maurer in a rematch of last weekend's pitching matchup, a game Texas lost 4-3. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.
Tepesch (1-1, 3.46): This is the third career start for the 24-year-old Tepesch It's his first home start since Tepesch made his major league debut when he allowed a run in 7⅓ innings against the Tampa Rays on April 9 He took the loss against the Mariners last Saturday, allowing four runs in 5⅔ innings Tepesch took a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning but allowed consecutive RBI singles to Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley Tepesch relies on his sinker, a pitch that wasn't as sharp against Seattle In his debut against Tampa Bay, Tepesch recorded 15 of 22 outs on ground balls He became the 14th pitcher in Rangers history to win a start in his big league debut.
Maurer (1-2, 9.95): The hard-throwing 22 year old gets another start against the Rangers It's Maurer's fourth start of his major league career Maurer won his first big league game last Saturday against the Rangers, allowing two earned runs in six innings He allowed five hits and had five strikeouts to go with one walk Maurer didn't make it out of the first inning in his previous start against Houston, allowing six runs while recording two outs He had never started above Double-A before this season Maurer, a 23rd-round draft pick, throws his fastball at 94 mph.
Hitters: Mariners catcher Jesus Montero and third baseman Kyle Seager each were 2-for-3 against Tepesch last Saturday. Seager had two doubles. Mitch Moreland (1-for-2) and Lance Berkman (1-for-2) drove in the only runs last weekend against Maurer.