Felix Hernandez (9-5, 3.48 ERA) and Cole Hamels (14-4, 2.91 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Seattle Mariners (69-67) and the Texas Rangers (82-55) at Safeco Field. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on FSSW and RTNW.
Hernandez pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out three and walking four in a 14-1 defeat to the Rangers. Nelson Cruz (.280, 79 Rs, 35 HRs, 82 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Hamels went 4.1 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking four in an 8-7 win over the Mariners in his last outing. Rougned Odor (.280, 82 Rs, 29 HRs, 79 RBIs, 12 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The Rangers hold a 37-20 record in matchups against AL West Division rivals, while the Mariners currently sit at 24-32 in these games.
Seattle has won 48% (29-32) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 60% (40-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are heading in with a 19-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 50-12. The Rangers have a 56-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, Seattle has earned 627 this season. Texas ranks sixth with 663 runs.
Ranking 12th, Seattle is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.754). Texas ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .764.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 49-45. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 46-55 record.