Back to Texas
The last place Seattle Mariners (21-29) will take on the first place Rangers (30-18) for the third game set against the Rangers this season.
Pitching match ups:
Game 51: RHP – Kevin Millwood vs. LHP – Matt Harrison
The M’s are hoping for a fourth straight strong performance from 37-year-old Millwood, if for no other reason than for the veteran to gain some trade value heading toward the deadline in July. This will be Kevin Millwood‘s third start against the Rangers and thus far he has allowed just a single earned run to the offensively rich Texas offense.
- Current line: 3-4 / 3.72 ERA / 21 BB / 37 SO / 1.29 WHIP
- Millwood’s ERA on road trips this season is just 1.78
The Mariners have struggled against left handed pitching this season and lost to Harrison in his last outing by a score of 3-1. So it is no surprise that the M’s have only a .195 average against him heading into this game. Look for Wedge to get the game in motion if the Seattle hitters get on base.
- The M’s need to take advantage of their right handed batter against Harrison who are hitting .348 against him
- Current line: 5-3 / 4.72 ERA / 15 BB / 36 SO / 1.45 WHIP
Game 52: LHP – Jason Vargas vs. RHP – Scott Feldman
Vargas is coming off a loss, but over all has pitched very well this season. Jason Vargas is in a spot to work hard as he must know he is on the short list of players to be used as bartering chips in the trade process. A win against Texas could make him an attractive option to many clubs hoping for a legitimate chance at the playoffs this season
- Current line: 5-4 / 3.39 ERA / 17 BB / 48 SO / 1.02 WHIP
Feldman is covering for Neftali Feliz while he is on the disabled list and his last outing showed that his arm isn’t stretched out making it just 4.1 innings before handing the ball to the bullpen. The Mariners had good success against the right hander getting 5 runs on 3 hits and taking advantage of the 5 walks given to them.
- Look for Feldman to pitch carefully to Alex Liddi who blasted a grand slam off of him in his last start.
Game 53: RHP – Blake Beaven vs. LHP – Derek Holland
Beaven was impressive in his last start save the three run homer to Albert Pujols, but I am sure that was a learning experience. Being from Texas Beaven is likely to feel well supported and motivated to do well with his friends and family in the crowd, and the bragging rights to have kept the Rangers to just a single run in his last outing against the Texas ball club on April 19th.
- Current line: 2-4 / 4.38 ERA / 9 BB / 26 SO / 1.28 WHIP
- Beaven has still allowed just 9 walks in 49.1 innings of work. Control freak.
- Derek Holland has a terrible mustache, that just had to be said. I think it is a distraction to the hitters. I know it is to me. The M’s should have a good chance to hit well against Holland who has struggled against left handed batters this season and has a 4.93 ERA in his home starts this season.
Current line: 4-3 / 4.05 ERA / 20 BB / 55 SO / 1.17 WHIP. Since 2009 Holland is 5-1 with a 3.17 ERA against Seattle.
Mariners vs Rangers Series Predictions
The Rangers will be looking for payback against the embarrassment they face against the M’s last week and with Harrison on the mound, barring a miracle coming from the bullpen the M’s chances look pretty slim.
Prediction: Loss (Mariners 2 – Rangers 4)
This game is the most likely to be the Mariners. They will have to work hard to lose, but as we have seen from them this Aston they seem toe good at seizing defeat out of the jaws of victory.
Prediction: Win (Mariners 4 – Rangers 3)
This is a tricky one to predict, the numbers should be in Hollands favor, but I think the M’s will surprise him with some of their unrefined talent.
Texas won three of four at home against the Mariners in April but is just 4-3 overall against Seattle. Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley (15 at-bats), catcher Miguel Olivo (14) and outfielder Mike Carp (10) are all hitless against Harrison.
Rangers catcher Mike Napoli is 6-for-16 with four doubles and a homer against Millwood.