Texas vs Seattle : The Mariners are 12-12 against the rest of their division. Seattle has hit 98 home runs this season, second in the American League. Daniel Vogelbach leads them with 15, averaging one every 9.7 at-bats.
The Rangers have gone 15-18 against division opponents. The Texas pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 5.11. Mike Minor leads the team with a 2.55 earned run average. The Mariners won the last meeting 6-2. Tommy Milone secured his first victory and Mallex Smith went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Seattle. Lance Lynn took his fourth loss for Texas.
TOP PERFORMERS: Domingo Santana leads the Mariners with 59 hits and is batting .278. Tim Beckham is 5-for-21 with a double, a home run and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Seattle.
Joey Gallo leads the Rangers with 27 extra base hits and is batting .279. Rougned Odor is 8-for-35 with four home runs and 12 RBIs over the last 10 games for Texas.
The Mariners play the Rangers for the second time in a week. Beginning with their road trip last week, the Mariners will face AL West opponents for 20 straight games. Thankfully, they’ll play the Astros just once during this stretch. There really isn’t anything new to add to what I said about the Rangers a week ago. They’re sticking around in the Wild Card race because of their strong offense, but the red-hot Twins passed the Rangers in runs scored per game to take the major league lead.
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For whatever reason the past few seasons, the soft-tossing left-handed starting pitcher has given the Texas Rangers problem. Anyone have a metric for that?
Tommy Milone, who broke in with Oakland A’s in 2012, put the Rangers’ bats mostly to sleep Monday for the second time in a week for the Seattle Mariners.
His night was aided by the Rangers having five lefty hitters in the lineup, though Ronald Guzman homered against Milone and Joey Gallo singled. Those were two of the four hits the Rangers collected against Milone in 5 2/3 innings. Another theory is that he might have benefited from shadows around home plate with the game starting an hour earlier than normal.
The Rangers are in the midst of seeing five straight lefty starters, with two more to follow Tuesday and Wednesday.