Mariners Preview: Can Seattle Take Advantage Of Texas Again?
(1090 The Fan / Sports Network) - The Mariners are looking to shake off the sweep from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and put the hurt on the The Texas Rangers who come in for a three-game set.
No other Mariners player is more excited to do some damage than third baseman Kyle Seager who is hitting .409 in 66 at-bats this year against the Rangers.
Seattle won two of three when these teams met up in Arlington from Aug. 16-18. Seager went 4-for-11 with five RBIs in that series and scored the go-ahead run in both of Seattle’s victories. In fact, the M’s have won five of the last seven head-to-head meetings.
Texas fell to the Chicago White Sox, 3-2, on Saturday, and then 5-2 on Sunday to mark their first back-to-back losses since the last week of July. Texas went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position during those two games, as Jeff Baker’s two-run home run represented all of the team’s offensive production in Sunday’s loss. Starter Matt Garza gave up five runs (four earned) in seven innings.
Despite the back-to-back losses, it remains a two-team race in the American League West, where Texas (75-55) leads the Oakland Athletics by 2 1/2 games.
Meanwhile, the Mariners suffered a three-game sweep at home. The Angels concluded the series with Sunday’s 7-1 victory, as all seven of their runs were scored with two outs. Dustin Ackley’s solo shot in the third inning was all the M’s could muster off Jered Weaver, who pitched eight strong innings for the Halos.
Seattle will now turn to Joe Saunders, who gave up four runs on 10 hits against Oakland his last time out but came away with a no-decision. The left-hander has posted a 6.53 ERA in four August starts and has already faced the Rangers four times this season (1-2, 5.40).
Making the start for Texas is Travis Blackley, who was acquired from Houston on Aug. 14 for cash considerations after posting a 4.89 ERA in 42 relief appearances for the Astros. He replaced Alexi Ogando (shoulder inflammation) in the starting rotation on Tuesday and faced none other than the Astros, as he allowed two runs in four innings and logged 66 pitches.
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