Nothing like a mid-July day that looks like November to excite the boys of summer, and the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers have been out early working on fundamentals and hitting.
Clearly, the Mariners need it more.
A six-game losing sstreak has had many in the media writing the Mariners off for the season, and with each loss to the Rangers, Seattle falls deeper into the American League West. What could have been a series in which they climbed closer now feels like a launching pad for Texas.
The Rangers and, to a lesser degree, the Angels, have the talent to put strong runs together. The Mariners don't, even with their pitching. They simply don't have the offense to sustain a winning streak.
Tonight, they'll try to end a losing streak. If not, they'll lose their 50th game.
Here's the lineup against RHP Colby Lewis:
Ichiro RFBrendan Ryan SSDustin Ackley 2BMiguel Olivo CAdam Kennedy 1BJack Cust DHFranklin Gutierrez CFKyle Seager 3BCarlos Peguero LFDoug Fister P