It was a highly entertaining series over the weekend between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels. All three games finished with a run, with the Angels coming out victorious in two of three. The Rangers won the opener by a score of 4-3, and then the Angels returned the favor with wins of 3-2 and 7-6.
Texas were going into the weekend on a four-game winning streak after beating the Cardinals and sweeping the Mariners in Arlington. Now the Mariners have the Rangers in Seattle for a few days. Seattle fell again on Sunday, as they got blown out by the Athletics for a 7-1 win. The loss made for their sixth straight loss and ninth loss in their last ten outings.
The Rangers have been a .500 team this season and that’s all right with them. That’s probably better than expected and their offense has been the top performer in the majors after about two months of regular season action. I don’t foresee that being the case at the end of the season.
They’re likely going to fall back offensively and a better team will take that spot. However, the Rangers are being encouraged by the performance of some of their hitters. Notably, Joey Gallo, Hunter Pence, and Elvis Andrus.
Hunter Pence!? Yeah, the 36-year-old has been having his best season since 2013 with the Giants. He will forever be known as a San Francisco Giant, but Pence has been doing a nice job reigniting his career in Texas with the Rangers.
His last few years in the Bay Area were a struggle and he’s been using this new opportunity to make the most of it. Trade bait is the first thing that comes to my mind. Lance Lynn will get the starting nod for the Rangers on the bump, while Tommy Milone of the Mariners will be making just his sixth start in the last two seasons tonight. Head below for our free Rangers vs. Mariners pick.
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Tommy Milone has found himself back into a major league rotation. This time with the Mariners after making four starts for the Nationals last season. He spent time between New York with the Mets and Milwaukee in 2017. Neither stop turned into anything, as he was punished in both instances.
His career went in the tubes back in 2016 following an ERA of 5.71 with the Twins. His last solid year came the previous season, as Milone finished with an ERA of 3.92. That’s a lot of innings ago for Milone. It isn’t like Milone has been able to stick around and pitch since then, though.
He did a pretty reasonable job in his first start this year which happened to come against the Rangers. Milone finished with an ERA of 3.60 after allowing 2 earned runs in 5 innings. It’s hard to have much confidence in him doing it twice, though. The Rangers are hitting .276 with a .310 OBP against Milone in 105 at-bats. Four different Texas sluggers have connected for long balls against him. This will be his first start at home in his career with the Mariners.
The Mariners have had similar success against Lance Lynn. They are hitting .272 with 3 home runs in 125 at-bats. Lynn, however, has been a fulltime member of a rotation for the last several years. Milone on the other hand hasn’t, and I think if he gets enough starts with Felix Hernandez out, we’re going to see his numbers being to unravel hard.
Lynn enters playing some pretty sharp baseball recently. He owns a 2.57 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in his previous three outings. The Mariners have been one of the coldest teams in baseball with a record of 5-21 in their last 26 games. I don’t see how Milone should be a favorite over anyone right now. The Rangers look like a good option Monday night on Memorial Day.