The complexion of this Mariners team is different when Hisashi Iwakuma pitches every fifth day. When both he and Felix Hernandez are on their game, they are arguably the best 1-2 punch in the American League.
Last night it showed when ‘Kuma went 8 innings, yet again, allowing only 2 runs in the process.
The 6-2 put the M’s back at .500, and today’s getaway game before the longest homestand of the season could springboard this team into another hot streak.
Seattle Mariners 22-22. Last 10: (4-6).
Texas Rangers 21-24. Last 10: (3-7).
Time: 11:05 AM Pacific. Location: Arlington, Texas.Globe Life Park.
EDGE: Young. Yes, Young has over-performed thus far this season, but his consistency has been, well, consistent.
Tepesch does have a low ERA, but as a starter last season for the Rangers he posted a 4-6 record with a 4.84 ERA, so the M’s could get into him here today.
Of Note: Franklin wasted no time getting into the M’s lineup, going 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored as the DH in last night’s game.
Ackley went 2-4 with an RBI, and is slowly raising his average and becoming dependable at the bottom of the order. And Cano continues to rake despite his lack of power– with a .322 average and another walk to add to his team-leading total.
Of Note: The Rangers only managed 6 hits off of ‘Kuma and co. last night. The Mariners only struck out 3 hitters, but also only walked one.
They induced ground balls and fly outs to subdue what used to be a consistently potent Rangers lineup. Prince Fielder was also out of the lineup.
The grade 2 hamstring strain for Corey Hart looks to keep him out for 4-6 weeks, giving Franklin plenty of time to solidify himself on the 25-man roster. Logan Morrison‘s recovery from his hamstring injury has also been a slow going process, and he could be seen back in Seattle in the next couple of weeks.
The M’s look hungry, and since their 8-game losing streak early in the season they don’t allow themselves to get totally beat down when they hit a rough patch. They are going to win this one in Texas today, then head home for this long and luxurious homestand. The first set is 4 against the Astros, then 4 against the Angels, and finally 3 against the AL-leading Detroit Tigers. Some valuable divisional wins need to be picked up to make moves again in the division. That starts today by beating up on the depleted Rangers squad.
Mariners 5, Rangers 3.