Series Preview: Rangers/Mariners

After dropping two of three in the Bay Area, Texas hopes to leave the Pacific Northwest and return home with a little more than one win. Here's a look at the upcoming four game series between the Rangers and Seattle Mariners.

Texas (19-34) at Seattle (25-24)

Thursday, 9:05 PM: Vicente Padilla (2-7, 5.77) vs. Cha Seung Baek (2-2, 4.60)
By now, the travails of Padilla have been well-documented from fans and local media alike. In his last outing at home against the Boston Red Sox, the Rangers spotted the Nicaraguan native a 4-2 lead before he and Joaquin Benoit combined to allow 11 Red Sox batters to bat and put up five runs. Because of that inning, a 4-2 lead became a 7-4 deficit and another loss on what has been a unsatisfying season for the recent recipient of a contract extension. He's been hit hard on the road all season, where the opposition is hitting .316 and Padilla is 0-4 with a 7.59 ERA. Although he was roughed up by the Rangers back in April, Cha Seung Baek still owns some pretty nice numbers against tonight's opponent. He's also on a mini-roll as of late, having pitched at least 6 1/3 innings in five of his seven starts for Seattle. He's coming off a win against the Royals on Saturday in which he struck out a career-high seven in seven-plus innings. That night, Baek allowed just five hits, all of them singles, and one unearned run without walking anybody.

Friday, 9:05 PM: Kevin Millwood (2-4, 6.62) vs. Jarrod Washburn (5-4, 3.22)
After successfully rehabbing from a strained hamstring, Kevin Millwood will return from his second stint on the DL this season to make his first start since April 28th. In a start with Double-A Frisco last Sunday, the veteran threw five scoreless innings of ball allowing just two base runners on a walk and a double. He's 6-4 with a 3.80 ERA in 11 career starts against the Mariners and is 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts at Safeco Field. After compiling only eight victories all of last season, Jarrod Washburn has five of them through seven starts this year. Historically, he's been a better pitcher on the road then he is while wearing the home whites: A 52-34 record on the road as opposed to 36-41 at home. He's gone 7-7 against the Rangers over his nine year career in baseball and has a 4.13 ERA.

Saturday, 9:05 PM: Kameron Loe (1-4, 6.17) vs. Miguel Batista (5-4, 5.72)
Kam Loe gave the Rangers 10 outs via the groundball in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. His performance was one of the best he's had as of late, but the one big mistake of the afternoon came in the form of a three run homer off the bat of Jason Varitek. However, Loe not factor into the 6-5 loss. He's pitched well against the Mariners in his career, going 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA over six stars. Miguel Batista did not fare well for the M's his last time around. The Angels knocked him around for nine hits and four runs over 5 1/3 innings of work. He also issued four free passes, but sine most of the hits his surrendered were singles the righty was able to keep the damage to a minimum. He picked up the win against the Rangers on April 14th, allowing three runs on five hits while fanning five over 6 2/3 of work.

Sunday, 3:05 PM: Robinson Tejeda (4-5. 5.75) vs. Ryan Federated (0-1, 5.40)
The past two months have looked like Jekyll and Hyde for Tejeda. He went 3-1, 3.82 over five starts in the month of April, but in May his downward spiral has left the twenty-five year old with a 1-4 record and a dreadful looking 8.57 ERA. Last time out against the Athletics, Tejeda allowed four hits, walked four, struck out none, and was pulled after giving up five runs through just three innings of work. After demonstrating some excellent control over the first month of the season, he's walked 14 batters his last 14 2/3 innings of work. At this point, the Rangers don't have many options but to hope Tejeda can pull out of this tailspin soon, but it seems like his physical problems from earlier this month might prevent him from it. As for Feierabend, with M's starters Jeff Weaver and Horacio Ramirez both landing on the disabled list, his number was called from their Triple-A affiliate to make a start earlier this week against the Angels. He started out strong enough, but when a Mariner offense that had scored 50 runs over the past five games couldn‘t get it in gear, it sent the rookie to a 4-1 loss. Still, he finished with the only real blemish of the evening coming via a two-run homer.

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