Mariners try for series sweep over Texas
Seattle; Saturday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Seattle will sweep the series over Texas with a win.
The Mariners are 9-4 against the rest of their division. Seattle has hit a league-leading 58 home runs this season. Jay Bruce leads the club with nine, averaging one every nine at-bats.
The Rangers have gone 9-11 against division opponents. The Texas pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 5.91. Mike Minor leads the team with a 3.21 earned run average. The Mariners won the last meeting 5-4. Roenis Elias earned his second victory and Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for Seattle. Kyle Dowdy took his first loss for Texas.
TOP PERFORMERS: Mitch Haniger leads the Mariners with 19 extra base hits and is batting .248. Omar Narvaez is 10-for-30 with a double, three home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Seattle.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mariners: 5-5, .225 batting average, 3.94 ERA, outscored opponents by eight runs
Rangers: 4-6, .245 batting average, 6.44 ERA, outscored by 18 runs
Rangers Injuries: Edinson Volquez: 60-day IL (elbow), Drew Smyly: 10-day IL (arm), Yohander Mendez: 60-day IL (elbow), Taylor Hearn: 10-day IL (elbow), Luke Farrell: 60-day IL (jaw), Scott Heineman: 60-day IL (shoulder), Ronald Guzman: 10-day IL (hamstring), Asdrubal Cabrera: day-to-day (calf).