The Mariners lost to Texas 9-5 Friday night at Safeco Field, extending their losing streak to seven games. Felix Hernandez will try to stop the slide Saturday.
GAME: Rangers (31-17, 1st, AL West, +5.5 GA) at Mariners (20-28, 4th, AL West, -11.0 GB). GAME #: 49. SERIES: 2nd of 3 games. MEETING: 9th (Rangers lead 6-2). WHEN: Saturday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. STREAKS: Mariners L 7; Rangers W 2. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
Since Felix Hernandez made his major league debut in 2005, no team has given him more fits than the Texas Rangers. Hernandez, the 2010 Cy Young winner, made 35 starts against Texas and is 12-17, 3.77 ERA. The 17 losses are nearly three times as many as any other team against Hernandez (Oakland has beaten him six times) and his ERA is the highest against any club he’s faced more than 10 times.
Hernandez gets another crack at the Rangers Saturday night when the Mariners and Texas continue their three-game series. He represents Seattle’s best chance at snapping a losing streak that reached seven games Friday when Texas won 9-5 by finally pinning a Seattle loss on Joe Saunders.
Saunders entered Friday’s game with a 9-0 career mark at Safeco Field, including a 3-0, 0.94 record this season. But he surrendered a two-run homer to Jeff Baker and a three-run shot to Lance Berkman, extending Seattle’s woes. The Mariners have been outscored 28-6 in their past three games.
Hernandez has faced Texas once this season, losing 4-3 April 11 at Safeco Field. Saturday, he’ll oppose lefty Derek Holland, who has yet to face Seattle this season but is 7-2 against the Mariners in his career.
MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (5-3, 2.07 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)
The 27-year-old Hernandez, in his ninth major league season, all with the Mariners, will make his 11th start and second against the Rangers. The Mariners ace gave up six runs (five earned) in five innings last Sunday in Cleveland after allowing just four earned runs in his previous six starts. Hernandez, who had a no-decision in his previous start, had a season-high four-game winning streak April 22-May 8.
RANGERS: LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 3.30 ERA, 1.16 WHIP)
The 26-year-old Holland, a Newark, OH., native in his fifth major league season, all with Texas, will make his 10th start and first against the Mariners. After going 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA in his first two starts this month, Holland has posted a 6.97 ERA in his last two outings, both no-decisions. Holland defeated Boston and Milwaukee in back-to-back outings May 3 and 8.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|5/25||Sat||vs. Tex||RHP Felix Hernandez (5-3) vs. LHP Derek Holland (3-2)|
|5/26||Sun||vs. Tex||RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (5-) vs. RHP Nick Tepesch (3-4)|
|5/27||Mon||vs. SD||TBA vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (3-5)|