The Rangers haven't played a non-American League West team from the American League so far this season. They've played a National League team in a National League park but haven't faced an American League Central or East team yet. They won't play their first non-AL West team until May 7 when they face the Tampa Bay Rays. That seems strange.
I'm already sick of Kyle Seager, C.J. Cron, Kole Calhoun, George Springer, Jose Altuve, and the whole horde of scrappy white OBPing no-names the A's collect every year.
Stranger still, each of these teams didn't even arrive in Arlington until the wee hours of the morning due to each of them leaving the West coast for stormy Texas yesterday. The Rangers were diverted to Austin and arrived via bus to the DFW around 4:00 a.m. Similarly, the Mariners didn't arrive in the area after their flight was diverted until around 3:30 a.m.
So, you know, get ready for some sloppy baseball.
Monday, April 27 7:05 pm: RHP Taijuan Walker vs RHP Yovani Gallardo
Tuesday, April 28 7:05 pm: LHP J.A. Happ vs LHP Ross Detwiler
Wednesday, April 29 7:05 pm: RHP Felix Hernandez vs LHP Wandy Rodriguez
Seattle Mariners (7-11, 5th Place in AL West)
Rangers' Record vs. Mariners: 1-2 (First series at The Ballpark)
Seattle's Recent Results: 1-2 home series loss to the Minnesota Twins
Seattle's Road Record: 2-4
The Ballpark Park Factors (LHB/RHB): HR: 103/88 - Runs: 109/102
SB Nation Mariners Blog: Lookout Landing
|Match-up: (as of 04/27)||Rangers||Mariners||Advantage|
|Batting (RAR)||-21.1 (27th)||-4.5 (16th)||Where would they be without Nellie?|
|Base Running (RAR)||2.0 (8th)||-2.6 (23rd)||Now Martin just needs to cut down on the TOOTBLANs|
|Starters (RAR)||-2.0||11.4||The King reigns|
|Bullpen (RAR)||6.6 (11th)||5.6 (12th)||Feliz and Kela looked good yesterday|
|Defense (UZR)||-5.5 (25th)||-12.2 (30th)||What was it I was saying about sloppy baseball?|
|Overall (UZR + RAR)||-14.6||-2.3||BOOO|
Questions to Answer:
- Yay or Nay: The Rangers score a run off of Felix Hernandez on Wednesday?
- Who is your Return of the McLemore Approved Player to Watch in this series? (Elvis Andrus is going to collect four extra base hits in this series.)
- Over/Under: 2.5 Nellie Cruz dingers in this series?
- What's your guess for line (IP/H/K/BB/ER) by Ross Detwiler in his return to the rotation on Tuesday?
- Do the Rangers win their first series of the year?