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Seattle at Texas
When: 8:05 PM ET, Monday, May 20, 2019
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

The Seattle Mariners are having a hard time washing off the odor that has followed them after losing 24 of 34 contests on the heels of a 13-2 start to the season. The Mariners could go a long way in doing so when they begin the first of six straight series versus American League West foes, starting with Monday's opener of a three-game set against the host Texas Rangers.

Seattle answered an 18-4 drubbing on Saturday by belting three homers to snap a three-game skid with a 7-4 victory over Minnesota the following day. Edwin Encarnacion launched a three-run shot on Sunday to highlight his second straight three-hit performance, and the 36-year-old also had a three-run blast in a 5-4 win over Texas on April 26. The Rangers have answered a five-game skid with four wins in their last five outings, including Sunday's 5-4 victory in 10 innings against St. Louis. Nomar Mazara, whose sacrifice fly capped a two-run rally in the 10th inning of that contest, is 5-for-13 with a homer in his career against Monday starter Mike Leake.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, ROOT Northwest (Seattle), FS Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Mike Leake (3-4, 4.00 ERA) vs. Rangers LH Mike Minor (4-3, 2.61)

Leake looks to redeem himself after a dismal performance in his last outing versus Texas, against which he allowed nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits in a 15-1 shellacking on April 27. The 31-year-old has pitched significantly better in his last three starts, including picking up his first win since April 6 after allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings of a 4-3 victory versus Oakland on Tuesday. Leake owns a 1-2 mark with a 3.64 ERA in seven career starts against the Rangers, although Hunter Pence (15-for-39), Asdrubal Cabrera (5-for-14) and Shin-Soo Choo (7-for-23, two homers) have all fared well versus the hurler.

While Leake struggled mightily in last month's meeting, Minor faced no such issues as he recorded 13 strikeouts while scattering three hits over seven innings to subdue Seattle. The 31-year-old improved to 1-2 with a 5.33 ERA in five starts versus the Mariners in his two seasons with Texas. Minor has allowed just five runs in his last four outings, with one coming on eight hits across five innings of a 6-1 win at Kansas City on Wednesday.

WALK-OFFS

1. Texas OF-DH Joey Gallo is 8-for-16 with one homer, two RBIs and five runs scored during his four-game hitting streak.

2. Mariners RF Mitch Haniger, who homered on Sunday, went 1-for-11 with four strikeouts in the previous series with the Rangers.

3. Texas 2B Rougned Odor went 2-for-15 with eight strikeouts in the previous series with Seattle.

PREDICTION: Mariners 4, Rangers 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Seattle 23-26 W1 10-14 13-12 4-7 8-9 11-6 0-4
Texas 21-23 W1 14-8 7-15 2-1 2-1 11-15 6-6
Last Meeting
Seattle Texas
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/28/19 TEX 14 SEA 1 .219 0 .618 .370 4 1.040
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Seattle D. Gordon .417 5 .845
Texas E. Andrus .471 8 1.454
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Seattle E. Encarnacion 1 4 4
Texas S. Choo 2 6 3
Pitching ERA Avg K
Seattle 5.21 .222 43
Texas 4.95 .311 44
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Seattle D. Gordon .284 44 .687
Texas E. Andrus .325 51 .882
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Seattle E. Encarnacion 13 32 33
Texas J. Gallo 13 32 32
Pitching ERA Avg K
Seattle 5.10 .242 396
Texas 5.21 .255 331