Seattle (54-20, 30-13 away) 1st place: AL West
Texas (33-51, 18-23 home) 4th place: AL West
Friday, July 4, 5:05 p.m. UPN
Seattle: Freddy Garcia #34 (R) (9-6, 4.13 ERA)
Texas: Victor Santos #49 (R) (0-2, 5.85)
Saturday, July 5, 5:05 p.m. UPN
Seattle: Jamie Moyer #50 (L) (11-5, 3.01)
Texas: John Thomson #46 (R) (5-9, 5.90)
Sunday, July 6, 5:05 p.m. FSN
Seattle: Gil Meche #55 (R) (10-3, 3.14)
Texas: Ismael Valdes #14 (R) (6-5, 6.51)
News & Notes
This series matches the best team in the AL West against the worst team in the division.
The Mariners enter the series with the best record in Major League Baseball and have serious plans for the post-season. The Texas Rangers are a team going in the opposite direction...
Not only do the Rangers have one of the worst records in baseball, but they have indicated towards throwing in the towel by attempting to trade away key players with big contracts.
Last week they agreed on a trade with Montreal sending two-time MVP Juan Gonzalez to the Expos. However, Gonzalez put his no-trade clause to use by rejecting the trade.
The possibility of Gonzalez remaining in Texas does exist, but trade rumors with he and the Los Angeles Dodgers have heated up...
Then, in the middle of last week, the Rangers traded Carl Everett to the Chicago White Sox for prospects to be named later...
The best pitching match-up of the series looks to be on Sunday. It matches Meche, going for his 11th win, against Valdes, a Mariner in 2002.
The Rangers don't really have much pitching to throw at the M's. Valdes, a former, potential ace when coming through the Dodgers' organization, hasn't proven enough to hold on to that title over the years...
Ichiro comes into the series first in the Major Leagues in hits with 123. He also has the leagues third-highest average at .346 and is fourth in the majors in stolen bases with 23. He has also, by no surprise. had the team's highest batting average over the last week at .333.
Mike Cameron had the team's second highest average over the past week with an average of .321...
Moyer got back to his winning ways in his last start when he pitched 7.1 innings, giving up one run. Moyer had lost his previous three decisions.
SS Alex Rodriguez and 2B Michael Young each had two homers over the past week.
Rodriguez had eight RBI, which was tops on the club...
John Thomson collected a win in his last start, when he went seven full innings and gave up three runs...
Ugueth Urbina locked down four saves in four opportunities last week without allowing a run. One has to wonder how long he will be pitching in a Rangers uniform...
Third BasemanJeff Cirillo was only 2-20 over the past week, as he continues his season-long slump. Cirillo's average is now at .222. At least it's above the Mendoza Line...
Rafael Palmeiro is mired in one of the worst slumps of his career.
The newest member of the 500 home run club hit only .074 over the past week.
One of his hits, however, was a home run...
Valdes, Sunday's pitcher, had a rough start last week, pitching only five innings and giving up seven earned runs...
Richie Stone is the brain behind the exclusive Series Preview at InsidethePark.com. Let him know what you think at email@example.com.