Mariners Game Notes: M’s Look to Finish Roady on a High Note

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The Seattle Mariners (56-64) will take on the Texas Rangers (60-58) in the rubber match of the 3-game set Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 am PT from Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. Mike Montgomery (4-5, 4.14 ERA) will get the ball for the Mariners in the series finale, and Derek Holland (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will toe the rubber for the home side. Root Sports Northwest will carry the game live locally, and MLB Network will beam the game nationwide. As always, MLB.tv subscribers can watch on connected devices.

Last night’s win allowed Seattle to keep pace in the American League West, as they remain 9 games back of the division leading Houston Astros. The Mariners are inching closer in the wildcard race as well, as they now sit just 6 games out. It has been a rough road trip this week, but a win today would allow the M’s to break even.

Mariners’ skipper Lloyd McClendon and Rangers’ boss Jeff Banister have released the following lineups for today’s game:

Pick to Click

There are a few candidates that could click today for Seattle, but I am going with the rookie shortstop. Ketel Marte sure is fun to watch. Since being called up on July 31, the 21-year-old has showcased an intriguing skill set. Marte went 2 for 4 and sliced a double down the right field line last night. He struggled for the first week and a half of his big league career, but Marte has really turned it on lately. He is currently riding a 5-game hitting streak in which he has posted a .421 batting average with 4 doubles and 2 RBI. I predict the speedy middle infielder will contribute at least 2 hits and steal a pair of bases this afternoon.

Final Score Prediction

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This road trip has been a rollercoaster, but the Mariners have an opportunity to end it on a high note today. If Seattle can find a way to win, they will have won 4 of their last 5 series. Mike Montgomery has been awful over the last month, going 0-3 and registering a 7.99 ERA across his last 7 outings. He also did not fare overly well against Texas last weekend at Safeco Field. I am hopeful Monty will produce a quality start today, however I don’t expect it. It is going to be hot this afternoon in Arlington, and keeping the ball in the yard will be difficult for both sides. I have a feeling we will see a high scoring game, with Seattle winning 7-5 to take the series.

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