Rangers Can't Complete Sweep, Fall 4-3 To M's

The Texas Rangers play host to the Seattle Mariners as Ron Washington's crew looks to extend their AL West lead.

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Rangers Activate Craig Gentry, Option Darren O'Day

The answer to the question ‘who from the bullpen will go out when the staff drops to 12?’ is Darren O’Day. He’s been sent back down so that Craig Gentry can be added and the center field platoon can basically be reinstated.

O’Day can return to the roster on September 1 if he isn’t needed sooner.

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Derek Holland, Rangers Look To Sweep Mariners

Thanks Josh Hamilton's walk off single, which capped come from behind victory on Tuesday night, the Texas Rangers are in position to sweep the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night as the Rangers look for their fourth straight victory. 

Derek Holland will get the start for the Rangers as he looks to improve his record to 11-4. Holland, who hadn't allowed an earned run in either of his previous two starts, gave up six runs (four earned) in just one and two thirds innings of work during his most recent outing against the Cleveland Indians. Holland's numbers on the season reflect his inconsistency: a 4.35 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and .269 BAA. 

It will be imperative for Holland to go deep into Wednesday's contest as Texas was forced to use five arms out of their bullpen in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

Texas' offense will face off against Jason Vargas of the Mariners. Vargas has pitched well this year, posting a 4.02 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Vargas hasn't struck out many batters this year - just 95 in 145.2 innings - so expect lots of balls in play for Texas' offense tonight.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT.

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Rangers. . . Win?


Final - 8.9.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle Mariners 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 0
Texas Rangers 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 7 9 0
WP: Neftali Feliz (2 - 3)
LP: Jeff Gray (0 - 1)

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This game is stupid. I have to work early so there will be no recap. I’m sorry. I know you wanted to read about this game.

Written by on intrepid SB Nation Dallas-Ft. Worth author during Tuesday night's Rangers-Mariners game. Fortunately for Rangers fans, the game did not remain stupid, and sometimes games are just too good to go to bed right after.

This game feels like it was just played: the Rangers' game seemed hopeless late, while the Angels recorded a victory elsewhere. This same situation showed up just three nights ago, and the Rangers won there, just as they did here. All 2011 it felt like the Rangers were doomed when they trailed late, and they have certainly "struggled" in close games, but recently it seems like they've been making up for it in spades, all with a division opponent breathing down their necks.

Through the first two innings, the Rangers and Mariners traded runs back and forth, sitting at 3-3 after the second. Alexi Ogando, just back from maternity league, was unfortunately not able to make it to a fourth inning without giving Seattle a 6-3 lead. Ogando was completely ineffective, striking out none, walking two, and giving up loads of hard contact -- to, remember, the Seattle Mariners -- in his two and two-thirds innings. The Rangers, meanwhile, could not again go after Michael Pineda, and that seemed like that.

Pineda was incapable of going the distance, though, and the Rangers punished the Mariners pen. Mitch Moreland began the seventh with a walk, and an Ian Kinsler home run off of Josh Lueke made the game interesting. In the eighth, Nelson Cruz walked, stole second, and Yorvit Torrealba delivered a two-out double to tie the game. It serves as a reminder that no three-run deficit is a lost cause. Of course, after the Cleveland series, that should go without saying, and the Rangers' expectations of winning were never even as low as one-in-ten, but until the Kinsler home run, things felt pretty hopeless.

For its part, the bullpen kept the Mariners from scoring again, allowing the Rangers to comeback. Yoshi Tateyama, Darren Oliver, and Mark Lowe were all great, combining for five strikeouts against one walk in their four and a third shutout innings, but the standout was Mike Adams. Finally showing the dominance Rangers fans were promised in the deadline deal to bring him to Arlington, Adams allowed a soft single to start eighth, but followed with three effortless strikeouts. The ninth featured Neftali Feliz following a two out walk with a strikeout to bounce back from his nightmarish previous outing, and the Rangers offense followed without recording an out. Kinsler walked, Endy Chavez advanced him on a bunt single, and a Josh Hamilton single to left center was just soft enough to bring Kinsler home for the winning run; that for Hamilton's fourth career walk-off. Those of us who quit on the game felt like idiots. Elated idiots.

The Rangers are delivering more than enough comebacks to go around these days, and they keep the Angels at bay for a little while longer. With the victory, the Rangers are now the fourth MLB team to score 100 more runs than they've allowed in 2011, joining the Yankees (165), Red Sox (147), and Phillies (129). The next closest team to Texas, the Cardinals, sit at +52.

Just one game for the record, just one game maintained for the divisional lead, and just one run  added to the differential, but after the first six innings, it feels like so much more.

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FanGraphs Win Expectancy

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Biggest Contributions (What is this, I don't even. . . ?)

  1. Endy Chavez 24%
  2. Yorvit Torrealba 21%
  3. Ian Kinsler 17%

Chad Fairchild's Strikezone from Brooks Baseball

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Andres Blanco Back To DL

Rangers shortstop Andres Blanco is back on the disabled list with a back issue that he says is unrelated to a stress problem that had him on the DL in July.

Alexi Ogando had to be activated from paternity leave to pitch Tuesday, but because of Blanco’s injury Taylor Teagarden and Omar Quintanilla are safe for the moment.

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All-Stars Alexi Ogando, Michael Pineda Square Off Tonight In Arlington As Rangers Host Mariners

Two of the better young pitchers in the American League West square off tonight in Arlington as the Texas Rangers look for their third straight win on Tuesday night. Both starting pitchers, Alexi Ogando and Michael Pineda, were named to the 2011 American League All-Star team last month. 

For Texas, Ogando will look for his 12th win of the season. Ogando's record currently sits at 11-5 while sporting a 2.88 ERA, .217 BAA and 1.05 WHIP. Ogando has recorded 100 strikeouts against just 32 walks in 131.1 innings on the season. All in all, the numbers are nothing shy of remarkable for Ogando who entered spring training as the likely setup man to Neftali Feliz in Texas' bullpen. 

Seattle will send their rookie sensation Michael Pineda to the mound to counter Ogando. Pineda has been excellent in his rookie campaign, striking out more than a batter an inning (133 strikeouts in 130 innings) while holding opponents to a .205 average. Pineda will be looking for his 10th win of the season, serving as one of the bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Mariners.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT.

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Rangers Dominate Mariners In Opener


Final - 8.8.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle Mariners 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2
Texas Rangers 0 2 0 2 3 2 0 0 X 9 15 1
WP: Matt Harrison (10 - 8)
LP: Charlie Furbush (2 - 4)

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After the heart-stopping series against the Indians, a nice, easy win was in order. The Rangers delivered Monday night.

The thing to remember when blowing out bad teams is that even the worst teams don't average a huge loss. The Mariners still manage to score only half a run less a game than their opponents, so while they are certainly easier to dominate than most teams in baseball, beating them by seven is still a good accomplishment. Of course, it also goes without saying that a win over a bad team is still a win gained in the standings.

Matt Harrison made mincemeat of the hapless Mariners offense, with 11 swinging strikes, six strikeouts, and no walks in seven innings. He surrendered a few hits and two runs in a shaky third inning, but he managed to lock it down and face just one over the minimum the rest of the way before departing in favor of the bullpen. Mark Lowe and Darren O'Day combined to allow a lone single to polish off an easy victory.

The Rangers, meanwhile, worked Seattle for an impressive seven walks, coupled with 15 hits for nine runs. You probably expect more than nine runs when 22 runners reach base, but only two of those hits went for extra bases: a double and a home run, each from Nelson Cruz (who also led with three hits). You also don't necessarily expect David Murphy -- even with the season he's having -- to come up with seven men on base and only manage a single RBI on a fielder's choice ground out. To be fair, he had a line drive turned in to a surprising double play at first, and worked a walk, but it was still another tough night for Murphy, as he was the only Ranger to go hitless.

With the Angels idle, the Rangers gain half a game of AL West leadership. With a victory tomorrow, Texas would become the fourth team this season to put forth a 100+ run differential. No other team outside of Philadelphia, Boston, or New York has even reached 60+. Tonight is a reminder that, even if they have had an inconsistent patch or two, the Rangers are a very good team.

GAME CHARTS

FanGraphs Win Expectancy

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Biggest Contributions (What is this, I don't even. . . ?)

  1. Mitch Moreland 14%
  2. Nelson Cruz 14%
  3. Mike Napoli 14%

Paul Schrieber's Strikezone from Brooks Baseball Strikezone_medium

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Nelson Cruz Doubles, Homers As Rangers Rout M's 9-2

The Texas Rangers play host to the Seattle Mariners as Ron Washington's crew looks to extend their AL West lead.

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