Tuesday’s game between the Mariners and Rangers game was postponed because of steady rain and will be rescheduled for July 23-25, when the Mariners return to Arlington. Seattle has had six games postponed by rain or snow this season.
“You go to the ballpark ready to play, but there’s that lingering fear that the game will be called,” the Mariners’ Raul Ibanez said. “So it’s frustrating. But you’ve got to deal with it. It’s the hand we’ve been dealt. You have to deal with adversity and stay ready to play.”
Texas, usually a top-hitting team in recent years, began the day with the lowest batting average in the AL at .230. Among the slumping Rangers are 2005 AL batting champion Michael Young (.165), Mark Teixeira (no homers after hitting 76 the previous two seasons), and career .297 hitter Frank Catalanotto (currently at .170). Gerald Laird, who took over as the starting catcher, is in a 1-for-34 slide that left his average at .098.
Two years ago, the Rangers hit a club-record 260 homers. Last season they set a team mark with 357 doubles.
One of the few Rangers swinging a hot bat is Ian Kinsler, who began the season as the No. 9 hitter. Kinsler, who has been moved up to the seventh slot, has seven homers and 16 RBIs, both team highs.
“I talk to them every day about the importance of staying the course,” new manager Ron Washington said. “Like anything else you do where there’s competition, if you don’t do what you want to do, it’s human nature to have a little frustration. It’s not frustration from giving up; it’s frustration from wanting to be the best you can be.”
Since the start of spring training, Washington emphasized a small-ball offensive approach that concentrates on situational hitting and manufacturing runs.
“They’re trying to do more than the situation dictates right now,” Washington said. “But I think it will click in. The guys are upset they’re not producing, but you have to keep things in perspective. It will happen.”
Vicente Padilla, Tuesday’s scheduled starter for the Rangers, will start Wednesday night’s opener of a two-game series in Cleveland. Washington will skip Wednesday’s scheduled starter, Brandon McCarthy. Kameron Loe will get the start on Wednesday, with McCarthy pushed back to Sunday in Toronto. McCarthy has struggled with a 10.20 ERA in four starts, and Washington wants McCarthy to use the extra time to work on keeping the ball down. … Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said Tuesday’s scheduled starter, LHP Jarrod Washburn, will start Wednesday night’s opener of a two-game series in Oakland. … The previous time the Rangers were rained out in Arlington was May 28, 2005.