Play of the Day for Monday, May 12, 2008

May 12, 2008 7:12 PM

by GT Staff | Seattle Mariners (-115) at Texas Rangers (9): Mís phenom Ichiro Suzukiís batting average (.281) in indicative of the drought Seattle has seen at the plate this spring. Last in the Junior Circuit in runs scored (147), the Mariners find themselves last in the AL with a 14-24 slate, the second-worst team (Padres, 13-24) in the Bigs.

Losers of five of six and 10 of 12, Seattle has been outscored 32-13 in its last six and no doubt left the home crowd in the Emerald City crying in their coffee. Now itís time to hit the road where the Mís 6-12 mark is also an AL-worst.

Texas is still seeking the .500 mark but has won three in a row and 11-15 to that end. How? Great pitching of all things including a 31-inning scoreless streak late last week.

Tonight the Rangers send right-hander Vicente Padilla to the mound. Padilla shut out Erik Bedard and Seattle, 2-0 in their meeting last week and to get him as a plus in this situation and at home is a wonderful thing. And with these two locked in a pitcherís duel last time, and the total set at nine runs, taking the under as a hedge seems pretty logical.