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The Mariners Make The Rangers Look Awful

After Wednesday's depressing 21-8 drubbing, the Seattle Mariners are now 5-5 against the Rangers, outscoring them by 17 runs.

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The rest of Major League Baseball is 14-26 against Texas, outscoring them by -96 runs.

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Against everyone else, the Rangers are a team with a .650 record (and a pythagenpat record to match). Against one of the lesser teams in baseball -- and, unfortunately, a division rival -- they have a mediocre record, and an even worse run differential.

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Despite the beat downs they've suffered the past two nights, the Rangers still have the best record in the league, comfortably the best run differential in baseball -- still more than twice anyone in the AL -- and look like the best team in the game by just about any other measure. It's just that the Mariners are helping them establish a new floor for bad play, and keeping them from looking quite as good as they do against all other comers.

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If this was an AOL chat session, this is where you'd see the frowny face emoticon.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.