Today, the Mariners have a chance to move to two full games ahead of the Detroit Tigers for the second wild card spot thanks to the Giants' 5-4 victory against the Tigers earlier today. Standing in the way of accomplishing that task is the Rangers, who will face off against Chris Young.
Young hasn't exactly been stellar in his past two outings, giving up eight runs in four combined innings against the Red Sox and A's. Texas Ballpark, much like Fenway Park, is a nightmare for Young's style of pitching. Don't be too surprised if Lloyd McClendon pulls the plug on Young early again today, especially given how crucial each game is right now for the M's.
Nick Martinez gets his third shot at the M's this year. His first outing against them was decent (6 innings, 2 runs, 3 K, 1 BB) while his second was not so decent (5 innings, 5 runs, 0 K, 4 BB). Both of the previous games were outside of Arlington though, a place where Martinez tends to struggle (who doesn't?). In Texas Ballpark, Martinez' ERA sits at 7.52 in 32.1 innings (compared to a 4.15 ERA in 78 innings on the road).
Also, more good news!
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Endy Chavez in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mariners?src=hash">#Mariners</a>' lineup tonight after getting three stitches Friday to close a gash above his left eye. (Suffered on slide at 2B).</p>— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) <a href="https://twitter.com/TNT_Mariners/status/508349502152253440">September 6, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Please come back to us, Condor.
- Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers, 5:05pm PT
- Game will be televised on ROOT Sports and broadcast on 710 ESPN
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