Japanese sensation Yu Darvish had his worst performance of his brief career when he faced the Seattle Mariners in his major league debut. Darvish gets another crack at the Mariners when the Texas Rangers visit Seattle for a three-game series starting Monday. He will be opposed by Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. Darvish will also have his second look at Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki, who got the better of him in the first matchup with three hits.
The Rangers have leveled off after a fast start, going 4-5 in their last nine games. David Murphy homered for the second straight day as Texas pounded out 14 hits in beating Houston in the rubber game of their interleague series. The Mariners salvaged what appeared to be a disastrous 10-game road trip by completing a three-game sweep of Colorado and outscoring the Rockies 20-7.
Rangers Mariners Betting
When: 10:10 PM ET, Monday, May 21, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, FSH, ROOT
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH Yu Darvish (6-1, 2.60 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (3-3, 3.02 ERA)
Darvish was in a 4-0 hole before the Rangers came to bat in his debut against Seattle. He has allowed more than three runs only once since and is coming off a outstanding effort, limiting the Oakland Athletics to one run on four hits in seven innings. He is averaging nearly nine strikeouts in his last five starts and has allowed one run or none four times in his last six outings.
Hernandez has lost his last two starts and is coming off his worst performance of the year, getting battered for eight runs on 10 hits in only 3 2/3 innings at Cleveland. Now he faces a nemesis in the Rangers, who beat Hernandez all four times they faced him last year. He is 10-16 with a 2.56 ERA lifetime against Texas, his most losses against any opponent.
1. Texas’ Josh Hamilton had two hits and an RBI Sunday and continues to lead the AL in home runs (18), RBIs (47) and batting average (.389).
2. Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak gave Seattle its first back-to-back homers of the season Sunday.
3. Darvish is seeking his 100th career victory – counting his 93 wins in Japan.