Mariners-Rangers lineups, 6:10 p.m. PT tonight at T-Mobile Park as M’s back to action after the last 3 games vs. A’s postponed. The 1999 Texas Rangers were loaded with talent. They had four players over the 100 RBI mark, and three players hit 30+ home runs. Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, and Rafael Palmerio were highlight names.
Texas and Seattle
Texas was about the middle of the road in most strategical categories. And then after Phillies, the Rangers had started making the list of the teams who allow more players to cross home plate than they did themselves. It was close, but the run differential was not in favor. When hitters go pop Texas doesn’t seem to have players designated to be on base. But Rangers have a lot of pop from top to bottom in their order.
Like Seattle, there is a chunk of the hitters in their projected lineup who project to hit below .250. Texas is throwing a lot of hopes behind a new inductee onto their staff throwing like he has in the past. Things could be interesting in Texas, at least until the all-star break.
New faces in the Lineup
Lauren Smith tweets “With Ty France now in the mix and Dylan Moore back from the IL, M’s will move Shed Long Jr. around a bit more. Could still see him at second, but also some in left or at DH. Though Nola’s bat will be missed. And now Texas once again running out a righty-heavy lineup, expect to see plenty of inside cutters from Yusei Kikuchi tonight. Kyle Cody, a former college teammate of Evan White, makes his feet wet with a handful of scoreless relief outings.
Mariners activate Lopes, Moore
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President and General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today: Dylan Moore, INF/OF, activated from the 10-day Injured list. Tim Lopes, INF/OF, optioned to alternate training site.
Moore, 28, was placed on the 10-day Injured List on Aug. 22 (retroactive to Aug. 21) with a sprained right wrist. In 21 games prior to being injured, he batted .282 (22×78), with 16 runs scored, 5 doubles, 5 home runs, 10 RBI, and 6 stolen bases. His stolen base total was tied for the MLB lead when he was injured. Moore has appeared in games this season at first base, second base, shortstop, third base, left field, and right field. Moore signed with Seattle as a free agent on November 9, 2018.
Lopes, 26, was named to his first Opening Day roster this season. In 32 games with the Mariners in 2020, he is hitting .240 (24×100) with 7 doubles, 1 home run, 10 RBI and has stolen 5 bases without being caught. He drove in the winning run on Aug. 30 at Los Angeles-AL and his 24 hits are 5th-most among AL rookies. In parts of two (2019–2020) Major League seasons — both with Seattle — Lopes is a career .256 hitter (54×211) with 14 doubles and 2 home runs in 73 games. Lopes was originally selected by the Mariners in the 6th round of 2012