W2W4: Rangers vs. Mariners

August, 26, 2013
8/26/13
11:00
AM CT
Texas Rangers (75-55, first place/AL West) vs. SEATTLE MARINERS (59-69, third place/AL West)

Monday: LHP Travis Blackley (1-1, 4.85) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (10-12, 4.91), 9:10 p.m.

Tuesday: LHP Derek Holland (9-6, 2.95) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.98), 9:10 p.m.

Wednesday: LHP Martin Perez (7-3, 3.62) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (12-7, 2.63), 2:40 p.m.

PODCAST
The Rangers missed an opportunity to extend their AL West lead over the weekend. Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss the state of the Rangers heading into the final stretch of the season.

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Here's what to watch for in this season's final series between Texas and Seattle:

Divisional nemesis: The Rangers are 9-7 this season against Seattle. It feels like they have a losing record against the Mariners. Seattle has won the past two series between the teams, both of them coming in Arlington. The Rangers are 4-3 in Seattle, taking two out of three in their most recent series at Safeco Field with Justin Grimm and Holland picking up the wins.

Mariners' offense hits skids: The Mariners, who were swept over the weekend by the Los Angeles Angels, have scored two runs since the ninth inning of their game Wednesday at Oakland. They went 16 innings without scoring until the seventh inning of Saturday's game against L.A., a 5-1 loss. The Mariners were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position for the three-game series against the Halos. Seattle is batting .192 with runners in scoring position in its past seven games.

PODCAST
Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company for his weekly visit to discuss Yu Darvish's status as an ace, Matt Garza's struggles and more.

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Felix, Iwakuma again: The Rangers aren't dodging Seattle's two best pitchers this season. The Rangers will face Iwakuma and Hernandez on Tuesday and Wednesday, making it 10 out of 19 games in the season series in which they have faced the Mariners' 1-2 punch. Texas has a 4-4 record in the games those pitchers have started. Iwakuma has proved the bigger pain -- he is 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA and has averaged seven innings pitched in his four starts against the Rangers. King Felix is 0-3 with a 5.55 ERA in four starts against Texas. Can the Rangers get him again?

M's versus lefties: The Rangers will throw three lefties at the Mariners with Blackley, Holland and Perez getting starts against Seattle. The Mariners are 19-22 against southpaws, compared with 40-47 versus right-handers. Seattle is 4-6 in games that lefties have started since the All-Star break. The Mariners are batting .230 with 43 home runs against southpaws. Holland is 1-0 with a 0.92 ERA against Seattle this season with two tough-luck no-decisions.

Miller starts strong: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller has an unorthodox swing -- almost out of the Ichiro Suzuki mold -- but he's been pretty good as a rookie. Miller has multihit games in 19 of his 49 games. He and Tampa Bay's Wil Myers are tied for first among American League rookies with 53 hits. Miller leads the AL rookie class with 19 extra-base hits. He is batting .291 with three home runs and nine RBIs in his past 20 games.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.90 167 133
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .321
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 57
RA. Beltre 56
OPSA. Beltre .882
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167