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Series Preview: Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers - Beautiful Loser

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The Rangers open up the last long homestand of the season against the Seattle Mariners

See you in hell, Seager
See you in hell, Seager
Ezra Shaw

Series Schedule:

Friday, September 04 7:05: LHP Roenis Elias vs. LHP Robbie Ross Jr

Saturday, September 05 7:05: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma vs. RHP Scott Baker

Sunday, September 06 7:05: LHP Chris Young vs. RHP Nick Martinez

Sunday, September 07 2:05: LHP James Paxton vs. LHP Derek Holland

Since the beginning of June, the Rangers have won exactly four baseball series out of 26 tries. One came when Adam Rosales single-handedly beat Chris Sale and the White Sox to pull out a 2-1 series win at Cellular Field. Another came in the final series in July when Yu Darvish and Colby Lewis helped the Rangers eke out a 2-1 series win over the New York Yankees at The Ballpark. The other two series wins? June 13-15 in Seattle against the Mariners and August 25-27 in Seattle against the Mariners.

The Mariners currently have a record of 75-63. Since they still have the third best run differential in the American League, they have a Pythagorean W-L of 81-57. The Mariners are 6-9 against the Rangers this season. I like to think, should the Mariners miss the playoffs, it's because they couldn't beat Texas. In fact, of the teams in the American League, the only ones the Mariners have a losing record against is (surprisingly) Minnesota (2-5) and (unsurprisingly) Baltimore (2-5).

On the flip side, let's take a look at the current reverse standings via MLB Trade Rumors:

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Were the season to end today, the Rangers would own the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft via having the worst record in baseball. The 2.5 game "lead" over the Rockies is the Rangers' largest of the season. However, should the Rockies tank strong in this final month, and the Rangers get slotted at No. 3, or worse, by virtue of Houston owning the second pick because they couldn't sign Brady Aiken, the Rangers might consider exposing the Mariners as pretenders as a mistake. After all, of the teams in the American League, the only ones the Rangers have a winning record against are Chicago (4-2), Minnesota (5-2), and these Seattle Mariners.

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Seattle Mariners (75-63, 3rd Place in AL West)

Rangers' Record vs. Seattle: 9-6 (4-2 at The Ballpark)

Seattle's Recent Results: 2-1 road series win against the Oakland A's

Seattle's Road Record: 39-27

The Ballpark Park Factors (LHB/RHB): HR: 103/90 - Runs: 111/106

SB Nation Mariners Blog: Lookout Landing

Questions to Answer:

  • Final score of the Cowboys vs Seahawks game on October 12?
  • Who is your Return of the McLemore Approved Player to Watch in this series? (Looking forward to seeing what Robbie Ross can do in his second start since returning to the rotation.)
  • Over/Under: 3.5 times Kyle Seager hits a home run in this series (It's a four game series so consider this a conservative O/U)?
  • What's your guess for line (IP/H/K/BB/ER) by Derek Holland in his second start of the season on Sunday?
  • Yea or Nay: The Rangers finish 2014 with a winning record against the Mariners by the number of games the Mariners miss the playoffs?