Matt Harrison starts in the opening game of the series on Monday night for the Rangers, looking for his 10th win of the season. Harrison has been solid this season for Texas, posting a 3.08 ERA and 1.28 WHIP while holding opponents to a .257 average against. Harrison, though, has only struck out 83 in 131.1 innings on the year, though.
Charlie Furbush will start for Seattle on Monday night. Furbush, who was acquired from the Tigers for Doug Fister, has only logged 38.1 innings in the majors this year between Detroit and Seattle. During his time up, Furbush has posted a 1.41 WHIP and 3.52 ERA, while allowing 39 hits in 38.1 innings and only striking out 29.
The Rangers currently hold a one game lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Since Los Angeles is off on Monday, a loss by the Rangers would leave both teams tied in the loss column.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT.