Rangers, Mariners Open Three-Game Series Monday Night On ESPN

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN launches another week of MLB action Monday night with an AL West showdown between the Mariners and Rangers.

Monday night’s edition of Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA will see the Rangers hosting the Seattle Mariners in the opening game of a three-game series between the American League West opponents.  Hisashi Iwakuma (14 – 9) is slated to get the start for the Mariners while  Yu Darvish (4 – 3) will get the start for the Rangers.  Iwakuma’s last time on the mound was Aug. 24 against the Yankees.  He took the loss in the game, pitching six innings and allowing three runs on six hits over that time.  He also allowed 3 earned runs, two walks and one home run during his time on the mound, earning just 3 Ks along the way.

Yu Darvish’s last time on the mound was Aug. 24 against Cincinnati. The Rangers got the win in the game, 6 – 5.  He had his share of struggles in his six innings on the mound.  All five of the Reds’ runs in the game came against Darvish over just four hits.  He also allowed five walks and three earned runs while picking up five Ks.  By comparison, Reds pitcher Tim Adleman didn’t fare much better, allowing five runs and five hits, four earned runs, and three home runs while picking up just one K.  That pushed Adleman’s ERA to 3.68 so far on the season.

This week’s three-game home stand against the Mariners bodes well for the Rangers.  That is because Texas, who is 6 – 4 in its last 10 games, has shined at home this season going 41 – 21 at home so far while Seattle has had a harder go of it.  The Mariners are 4- 6 in their last 10 games and are currently in the midst of a two-game skid.  Seattle is 32 – 34 on the road so far versus its slightly better 36 – 28 home record so far.

Coverage of Monday night’s series opener between the Rangers and Mariners begins at 8pm ET.  Dave Flemming will have the call for the full national telecast.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Eduardo Perez and Dallas Braden for additional commentary.  The broadcast will be preceded by Baseball Tonight at 7pm ET.

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ESPN Closes Out July SNB Schedule With Cross-Conference Showdown

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ESPN has announced the matchup for the July 31st edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell closes out July with a cross conference showdown between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs.  The game will be the closer in a three-game weekend series between the teams.  There is currently no word on either team’s rotation or who will take the mound on either side of the ball at this time.  The numbers currently favor Chicago not just in the game but in the series in whole.  Chicago is currently 28 – 15 at home so far on the season while Seattle is 23 – 24 on the road.  The Mariners currently sit third in the AL West, 8.5 games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers while the Cubs currently lead the NL Central at 55 – 36.

The July 31st edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will mark the first time since 2004 that the Mariners have made an appearance on the network’s weekly Sunday night MLB broadcast.  Seattle faced another Chicago team—the White Sox—in that game.  Coverage of the game is expected to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN.  Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.   Pre-game coverage of the game begins at 7pm ET on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analyst Dallas Braden and reporter Tim Kurkjian.

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Rangers, Cubs Close Weekend Series This Sunday On TBS

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Major League Baseball’s All-Star Break is officially over and now all eyes are set to the postseason.  In order to get there all thirty teams must first survive the second half of the regular season.  As their attention focuses on the second half of the season, so does that of TBS.  TBS launches its coverage of the second half of MLB’s 2016 season this Sunday in its weekly MLB broadcast Sunday MLB on TBS.  This week’s broadcast will feature a cross-conference match between the Texas Rangers (American League West) and the Chicago Cubs (National League Central).

Sunday’s game between the Rangers and Cubs is the closer in a 3-game weekend series between the teams.  Cole Hamels is expected to get the start for the AL West Leading Rangers.  John Lackey (7 – 5) is currently scheduled to take the mound for the Cubs.  Hamels’ (9 – 2) last time on the mound was roughly a week ago on July 8th when the Rangers faced the Twins.  Hamels had a rough go of it in the game, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits in 4.1 innings.  He walked 6, allowed 5 earned runs, and 1 home run, striking out only 4 of 24 batters faced.  Thanks to the rest of the team’s bullpen, especially Tony Barnette, who was credited with the win, the Rangers were able to hold on and pick up the hard fought 6 – 5 win over the Twins in the game.

John Lackey’s last time on the mound for the Cubs was July 10th against Pittsburgh.  He pitched 6 innings in the game although teammate Pedro Strop was credited with the win.  Lackey had his own troubles in that game, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, and 2 home runs.  He struck out 9 of 28 batters over that time.  That is less than half of the total batters that he faced.

The Rangers and Cubs both lead their respective division.  And both teams are evenly matched in both their home and road records.  The same applies with their respective season records so far.  So going by the numbers, Sunday’s game between the cross-conference opponents is certain to be a tight matchup from its opening pitch to its last.

TBS’ coverage of Sunday’s game is expected to begin at 2pm ET. Brian Anderson will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by MLB Hall of Famer and analyst Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ron Darling for additional commentary.  More information on TBS’ MLB coverage is available online now at:

 

 

 

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