The Texas Rangers visit the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday in an American League West showdown.
The teams opened the series on Monday with the Mariners winning 2-1 for their fourth straight victory. Marco Gonzales pitched well for the Mariners leaving during the seventh innings and did not give up an earned run for the third straight start. Seattle has now won 9 of its last 10. Seattle has scored three or less runs in seven of their last eight games but is 7-1 in that stretch thanks to strong pitching. Gonzales added to that strong pitching and has now gone 19 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Seattle has won 16 games this season by one run, which is the best in Major League Baseball.
Nomar Mazara leads the Rangers with a .264 batting average, 34 RBIs and a team high 55 hits. Joey Gallo leads Texas in home runs with 15. Texas has a team batting average of .227, while opposing hitters are averaging .269 at the plate against Rangers pitching. On Wednesday, the Rangers will send Matt Moore to the mound. The southpaw this season is 1-5 with an ERA of 7.99, 33 Ks and 21 BBs.
Jean Segura leads Seattle with a .324 batting average and team high 69 hits. Mitch Haniger leads the team in home runs with 11 and RBIs with 37. Seattle has a team batting average of .254, while opposing hitters are averaging .238 at the plate against Mariners pitching. On Wednesday, the Mariners will send James Paxton to the mound. The left-hander this season is 4-1 with an ERA of 3.10, 90 Ks and 20 BBs.