The Mariners have a chance to win an extremely important series against the division-rival Rangers tonight. Five back of the Orioles for the second wild card spot, a win for the hometown nine could do wonders and set the club up for a chance to gain another couple games when they face some comparative cupcakes over the next week or so.
After putting up 32 runs in the first three games, Seattle will face off against left-hander Derek Holland on this fine September evening. Holland has allowed two-earned or less over his past three starts, going six innings in each. Other than those three starts, it hasn't been so pretty for Dutch, as he's on pace to post a 4.50-ERA or worse for the second straight year. Remember back in 2013, when Derek Holland was good? Those were fun but also very sad times.
Taijuan Walker takes the hill for the Mariners, and will look to turn in his first good start since returning from the DL and minor league demotion. Walker was unable to make it out of the first inning during his last start, which of course came against the stupid Angels of Some City In California But Not Actually The City That's In The Name. Those Angels.
There's also football tonight, which if I'm honest I will be watching instead of this baseball game. Baseball brings nothing but misery, while football brings nothing but joy and consistent head trauma.
Mariners vs Rangers, Safeco Field, 7:10p PST
Radio: 710 ESPN
|TEXAS RANGERS||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Nomar Mazara - LF||Guillermo Heredia - LF|
|Ian Desmond - CF||Franklin Gutierrez - RF|
|Carlos Beltran - RF||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Adrian Beltre - DH||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Rougned Odor - 2B||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Mitch Moreland - 1B||Dae-Ho Lee - 1B|
|Jurickson Profar - 3B||Leonys Martin - CF|
|Elvis Andrus - SS||Chris Iannetta - C|
|Robinson Chirinos - C||Shawn O'Malley - SS|
|Derek Holland - LHP||Taijuan Walker - RHP|