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Rangers' Smyly looks for encore vs. Mariners

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Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners

  1. The Rangers have won five straight matchups with the Mariners, including a three-game sweep in Texas last week. Texas won their last two games in Seattle, 15-1 and 14-1, just the second time in franchise history it has scored 14-plus runs in consecutive road games against an opponent (at Mil, August 1991).
  2. The Rangers dropped two of three to the Angels in Anaheim over the weekend. Six of Texas' last seven games have been decided by a single run and the other was by two runs. Texas is 7-2 in one-run games at home and 1-6 on the road.
  3. The Mariners' record peaked at 13-2 this season, 11 games over .500. They are now nine games under .500 after a 10-30 stretch. If the M's get to 10 games under .500 in their next four games, they will be the first team in MLB history to be 10 games over and 10 games under within 60 games of a season.
  4. Shin-soo Choo homered to lead off the fourth inning on Sunday against the Angels. He has a 1.295 OPS when leading off an inning this season. That is second only to Josh Bell (Pit, 1.307) among batters with 50 plate appearances to lead off an inning in 2019.
  5. Jay Bruce homered and doubled in a three-hit performance against the A's on Sunday. He is now at 299 career home runs. Bruce would be the fourth left-handed batter to hit his 300th career home run in a Mariners uniform alongside Ken Griffey Jr., Raul Ibanez and Robinson Cano.
  6. Lance Lynn is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three career starts against the Mariners, which have all come since September 8, 2018. He struck out 11 Mariners when the teams met on May 21, his most strikeouts since April 14, 2014 at Milwaukee (11 strikeouts) while pitching for the Cardinals.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/27/2019 thru 5/29/2019

It's said a pitcher never forgets his first major league victory.

There's a good chance Drew Smyly won't forget his most recent one, either.

The Texas Rangers left-hander, who is scheduled to face the host Seattle Mariners on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of the three-game series, pitched six strong innings in a 4-3 victory Friday against the Los Angeles Angels.

It was Smyly's first win since Sept. 13, 2016, while with the Tampa Bay Rays.

He was traded to Seattle after that season but sustained an injury the next spring while playing for the United States in the World Baseball Classic and underwent Tommy John surgery.

Over the past two seasons, he made a lone appearance in the minors as he rehabilitated.

He was 0-3 over his first seven appearances for the Rangers before beating the Angels.

"I know it's been a really long time since my last win with the surgeries and the two seasons off and the struggles so far this season," said Smyly, 29.

Added Rangers manager Chris Woodward: "I don't value the stat (pitching wins) as much as I once did, but I really wanted to get him a win. ... He's battled a lot of things."

Smyly never pitched for the Mariners, who didn't tender him a contract after the 2017 season. He signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Cubs last spring but had a setback and never appeared for them, either. He was dealt to the Rangers last November.

"I've put so much hard work in, and there has been some hardship along the way," Smyly said. "It definitely feels like something off my back. I feel like I'm improving each start, but it's good to get some results."

Smyly (1-3, 6.15 ERA) is scheduled to face Mariners lefty Wade LeBlanc (2-2, 7.33). Smyly is 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA in seven career appearances against Seattle, including four starts. LeBlanc is 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA in five games, four starts, against Texas.

LeBlanc won his first two decisions this season before missing a month due to a strained right oblique. He is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in two starts since being activated from the injured list.

The Mariners lost 11-4 Tuesday night, and shortstop J.P. Crawford left in the eighth inning after rolling his left ankle while trying to scramble back to third base as teammate Mallex Smith was caught in a rundown.

Crawford was 2-for-3 with a double to raise his average to .279 since he was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma earlier this month.

"That was a gut punch to everybody," Mariners manager Scott Servais said of Crawford's injury. "J.P. is playing great. Not just (Tuesday), but this might have been one of his best games since he's been up. So very disappointing."

Crawford was sent for X-rays after the game, and Servais said he hopes it's just a sprain.

"We'll keep our fingers crossed," Servais said. "You can't say enough about the way he's playing. You can just see the confidence starting to come out of him. He made a couple really nice plays at shortstop (Tuesday). Swung the bat great. It's just unfortunate."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 29, 2019

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