In a game that could be a shootout, Derek Holland (7-6, 4.57 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (83-57) are in Seattle to square off against Taijuan Walker (4-10, 4.60 ERA) and the Mariners (71-68). This is the last of a four-game series at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 8-3, and Seattle leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 8 and can be seen on FSSW and RTNW.
Walker pitched 0.2 inning in his most recent start, surrendering six runs (one unearned) and striking out one in a 10-3 defeat to the Angels. Robinson Cano (.304, 91 Rs, 32 HRs, 86 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Holland went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out two and walking three in a 12-4 win over the Astros in his last outing. Carlos Beltran (.299, 67 Rs, 27 HRs, 85 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The Rangers sit at 38-22 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 26-33.
The Mariners managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are coming in with a 29-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Mariners are 15-49. The Rangers have a 20-43 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking sixth in home runs, Texas has hit 188 this season. Seattle ranks fifth with 191 home runs.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 381 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half with 435.
The Mariners are 59-43 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 69-39 when they hit at least one homer.