James Paxton (0-2, 3.72 ERA) and Colby Lewis (5-0, 3.20 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (34-27) and the Texas Rangers (37-24) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 7-5, and Seattle leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 11 and can be seen on FSSW and RTNW.
Paxton pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three, striking out 10 and walking one in a 3-1 defeat to the Indians. Nelson Cruz (.287, 36 Rs, 15 HRs, 43 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two runs. Lewis went 6.0 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 6-5 win over the Astros in his most recent start. Nomar Mazara (.324, 27 Rs, 10 HRs, 28 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
The Mariners are a -150 favorite with a total of 8.
Pick - Sea
The Rangers sit at 21-12 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 15-17.
The Rangers are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Mariners have a record of 17-7 when opponents' pitchers have six strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 27-6. The Rangers have a 24-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh in runs, Texas has earned 291 this season. Seattle ranks fourth with 310 runs.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.749). Seattle ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .777.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 23-22, well-matched with the Mariners who are 22-21 when allowing at least one homer.