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August 25, 2007 at 3:38 PM

Mariners vs. Rangers, Game 3

Another biggie tonight. Which of these aren’t? Adam Jones fans out there will be happy with tonight’s lineup. Ichiro fans, not so happy. But you knew this was coming. So, how are those playoff hopes going? Check out coolstandings.com to see that Seattle’s post-season chances are up to 56.4 percent, with 34.9 percent coming in the wild-card race and 21.5 percent in the AL West. You think the national media isn’t giving the M’s respect? The Yankees are listed at 46.2 percent in the wild card odds and they trail Seattle by three games. The Angels are at 78. 5 percent for the AL West, despite leading by only a game over the M’s with those three coming up at Safeco Field next week.
Where is the love?
Let’s go to the more “serious” numbers-crunchers at Baseball Prospectus. They have the M’s at 29.9 percent for the wild-card, the Yanks at 42.8 percent. The Angels at 71 percent for the division, the M’s at 28.8 percent.
Oh my. So, before everyone picks on the national media, let’s just not that it isn’t only them. Many folks remain unconvinced about Seattle’s post-season chances. A win tonight behind the pitching of Horacio Ramirez should take care of some of that. Big start for him.
The lineups:
TEXAS (56-72)
2B Ian Kinsler
C Gerald Laird
SS Michael Young
DH Sammy Sosa
CF Marlon Byrd
LF Jason Botts
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3B Travis Metcalf
RHP Jamey Wright
SEATTLE (73-53)
CF Adam Jones
DH Jose Vidro
RF Jose Guillen
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Richie Sexson
C Kenji Johjima
2B Jose Lopez
SS Willie Bloomquist
RHP Horacio Ramirez
So, the M’s go into this one minus two of their hottest bats, Ichiro and Yuniesky Betancourt. Both also happen to be two of Seattle’s premier defenders up the middle. Ramirez has his work cut out for him,

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