Two teams going in opposite directions face each other in a rare Inter-league match-up. The Marlins who recently canned their manager and hired the 80 year-old Jack McKeon, are trying to turn the ship around. The Rangers coming off a successful series against the Houston Astros, lead the AL West by one game.
Anibal Sanchez RHP (6-1, 2.82 ERA) – Sanchez has had a solid season so far, he’s given the fish plenty of opportunities to win and they haven’t been able to get it done. For Texas fans who don’t get a chance to see Sanchez very often, his bread and butter is a low 90’s fastball which has some sink to it. He also has in his arsenal a sneaky change-up and an average slider.
Alexi Ogando RHP (7-3, 2.87 ERA) – After starting the season 7-0, opposing batters seem to have figured him out in his last three starts. Over those starts he is 0-3 with a 9.31 ERA. Local media has recently reported that his workload may be overwhelming the young righty, I look for this to be his last start until after the All-Star Game.
Players to Watch:
Keep an eye on Hanley Ramirez who can terrorize the base paths, he only has 14 swipes on the year but could go at a moment’s notice. Also watch 3rd baseman Greg Dobbs who is batting an even .300 on the season, and Logan Morrison who is batting .266/.349/.468 with 30 RBI. Mike Stanton is another standout player on the team with 16 home runs and 44 RBI on the season.
For the Rangers I only have one player to watch, Elvis Andrus. The young speedster had an impressive return, after a couple days out due to a wrist injury. Last night Elvis was 2 for 3 with two stolen bases, he now has 24 on the season.
I’m afraid this may be another one of those series where the better team (Texas) can’t seem to get it done. My prediction is for Texas to win the opener in a close high-scoring game. Ranger 7 Marlins 5
First pitch is at 7:05pm