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Texas Rangers Week Three Recap + Series Preview

Looking back at the week that was, and forward to the series against the M’s starting this evening

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Season record: 6-8

Week 3 record: 3-3

Series record: 1-3, 1 split

Well would you look at that! Not just a series win, but a sweep!

In all seriousness, if the Rangers didn’t win the series against the Angels, that would’ve been pretty damning for them, considering how atrocious the Angels have beenthis season. It wasn’t unexpected that the Rangers got swept by Oakland, as the A’s came in as playoff favorites and have started off hot this season.

The Angels have been the only team the Rangers have played so far that I went in knowing the could and should beat.

And because the A’s went on to sweep Houston, the Rangers are now solely in second place int he AL West... because it’s 2020 and it’s a wild one.

Seattle Mariners Series Preview

The Rangers continues their homestand with their first series against the Mariners. In game one Texas will put Kyle Gibson on the mound, hoping for his first win as a Ranger. He faced the Mariners just once last year with the Twins and gave up four runs in six innings. He’s been pretty decent against them in his career 10 starts against Seattle going 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.43 WHIP.

The Rangers will face Justin Dunn, who will be making his third start of 2020 and seventh in his career. This is the first time the Rangers will face him. He’s only pitched against the Angels this year and he’s gone 0-1 in seven innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on four hits and seven walks giving him a 6.43 ERA and 1.57 WHIP.

Tuesday’s matchup will put Mike Minor and Marco Gonzales on the mound. The Rangers talked about the possibility of skipping Minor’s start after having two rough outings back-to-back. Instead of being skipped, he will be limited to around 75 pitches for Tuesday according T.R Sullivan’s article. In the past two years he’s faced Seattle twice and his record of 3-1 looks a lot better than his ERA of 4.50 in that time period.

Gonzales is the Mariners’ number one starter at this point. YH’s 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 0.74 WHIP in three starts this season. He has made 10 starts against Texas in his career, going 5-4 with a 3.70 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.

The series will close out on Wednesday with Taijaun Walker and Jordan Lyles. Walker is 1-2 this year with a 5.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in his three starts this year. In seven games, six starts, against the Rangers in his career, he’s 2-2 with a 4.86 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 33.1 innings pitched. He hasn’t faced the Rangers since 2016.

Meanwhile Lyles hasn’t faced the Mariners since 2017, his last start against them being 2013. In six outings against them in his career, he’s 1-2 with a 4.78 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 26.1 innings.

Each game in this series will have an 8:05 pm CST start.