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Series beginning
07/25/2022

Texas Rangers

The Mariners closed out the first half of the campaign with a four-game sweep of the Rangers at their place in the DFW metroplex, extending their stellar winning streak to 14 games. That took us to the All-Star break and since then Texas has played four games, winning a makeup game against the Marlins in Miami and then flying cross-country to drop two of three to the A's in Oakland. That leaves them at eight games under .500, exactly where the M's left them a week ago.

Mediocrity abounds with this team no matter where they play—they're five games under at home, four under on the road—who the opponent is, what time of day or night, indoors or out. Aside from hot-hitting Corey Seager, who rode a hot month from mid-June to the break into a questionable All-Star berth, the Ranger lineup is less than intimidating but capable of surprising you; meanwhile, the mound corps outside of ace starter Martín Pérez and relievers Brock Burke and Matt Moore are equally shrug-worthy.

2022 Record: 43-51, third place in the AL West, 20 games back of Houston.

Last Series: Lost two of three against the A's in Oakland.

Most interesting player: Younger brother of Kyle, Corey Seager has started to be the guy the Rangers thought they were getting after beginning the year in a prolonged slump. Challenging him is young outfielder Leody Taveras, who was promoted from Triple-A in mid-June; he's shown himself to be a very good center fielder and maybe the Rangers' best hitter at this point.

Pitching matchups: Monday—Glenn Otto vs. Chris Flexen; Tuesday—Dane Dunning vs. George Kirby; Wednesday—Jon Gray vs. Marco Gonzales. Otto and Flexen just faced each other on the 17th, with Otto taking the loss; the Texas righty has oscillated between serviceable and terrible starts and is 1-1 thus far in ’22 against the M's. Dunning will be making his first start since hitting the injured list with an ankle injury earlier this month; in one start vs. Seattle this season he got a no-decision with seven decent innings in an eventual 4-3 Mariner win (June 3rd). Gray is coming off back-to-back scoreless starts, dominating the A's with a 1-hit 7-inning effort and then shutting out the Marlins over six frames; the Mariners handed Gray a loss the only time they've seen him this year, a 6-2 M's win back in April.

Splits

Last ten 3-7
Away 21-25
vs. LHP 17-14
vs. RHP 25-37
One-run games 5-21
vs. AL West 17-25
vs. Mariners 2-8

Who’s Hot & Not

Last ten games

Corey Seager
.316/.378/.711, 4 HR, 9 RBI

Leody Taveras
.389/.463/.694, 9 XBH, 11 RBI

Marcus Semien
.293/.383/.512, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Josh Smith
.162/.220/.297, 7 Ks

Adolis Garcia
.171/.244/.268, 17 Ks

Kole Calhoun
.107/.194/.143, 16 Ks

Last 3 series vs. Seattle

7/17/22 SEA 6, TEX 2
7/16/22 SEA 3, TEX 2
7/15/22 SEA 8, TEX 3
7/14/22 SEA 6, TEX 5
6/5/22 SEA 6, TEX 5
6/4/22 TEX 3, SEA 2
6/3/22 SEA 4, TEX 3
4/21/22 TEX 8, SEA 6
4/20/22 SEA 4, TEX 2
4/19/22 SEA 6, TEX 2

Manager

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Chris Woodward: Formerly a Mariners coach (2014-2015), Woodward is in his fourth season as a big-league manager. He doesn't have much to show for it yet, having been saddled with some truly awful Ranger teams; his biggest notoriety seems to have come from a brouhaha with the Padres in a game in 2020 involving the game's so-called "unwritten rules." In that instance, Woodward's Rangers were losing big already when San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. homered on a 3-0 pitch. "I didn't like it," Woodward said at the time. "You're up by seven in the eighth inning; it's typically not a good time to swing 3-0," implying that piling on was just rubbing salt in the wound and unsportsmanlike. Since then, Woodward has changed his tune, concluding that such things are irrelevant and aren't worth one's concern. "I can admit it now looking back in hindsight," he said. "I shouldn't care. It shouldn't have mattered."

Woodward also played briefly for Seattle, suiting up for 28 games as a Mariner in 2009-2010. He batted .221/.284/.244 as a utility infielder.

Familiar Face

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Brad Miller: Remember when this guy was a Grand Salami cover-featured rising star? No? Well, it was a while ago (2013) when he and Nick Franklin made their big-league debuts and were touted as the Mariners' hottest middle-infield prospects. Well, that clearly didn't work out and both players were out of the organization by the end of the ’15 season, traded to the Rays in separate deals. Miller came alive in Tampa Bay, though, clubbing 30 homers in 2016 and turning himself into a super-utility player in the field. The Rays traded him to Milwaukee in mid-2018 for another former Mariner product, Ji-man Choi, and from there Miller went on to the Dodgers, the Phillies, Cleveland, the Cardinals, the Phillies again, and now the Rangers. He's never replicated his ’16 power surge, but did go yard 20 times in Philadelphia last year while putting up otherwise middling numbers. As a Mariner he batted .248 in just over 1,000 at-bats, disappointing observers who'd followed his rapid rise through the minors after being drafted out of Clemson in the 2nd round (2011).

Franchise History

Texas Rangers(1972 - present)
 
World Champions:Never
League Champions:2010, 2011
Division Titles:1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016

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