Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners 5-15-18




Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners 5-15-18

Texas Rangers (16-25) vs Seattle Mariners (22-16)

Date : 05/15/2018
Time : 10:10 pm EST
Location : SafeCo Field, Seattle, Washington

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners

Game 1 of a 2-game set between the visiting Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners will take place at SafeCo Field in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday at 10:10 pm EST.  The Rangers currently occupy the last spot in the AL West while the Mariners are currently 3rd place in the division.  This will be the 2nd meeting of the year amongst these two teams with the Mariners taking the 3-game road series on 4-22-2018.

Texas Rangers's Latest Performance :

The Texas Rangers have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-2-1.  Recently, the Rangers would not only end up losing a 3-game set to the Cleveland Indians, but, followed this up with a 4-game home series loss to the Boston Red Sox on 5-6-2018.  Nonetheless, they were able to pick up a series win against the struggling Detroit Tigers at home on 5-9-2018.  The Rangers would also go on to beat the Houston Astros in game 1 of a 3-game road set on 5-11-2018 by a score of 1-0.

For the season, the Rangers are averaging 3.95 runs per game (24th) with a team batting average of .230 (25th), 49 homers (9th) along with 16 stolen bases (20th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.82 (25th) with 309 strikeouts (23rd) along with 13 quality starts on the season (23rd).

Adrian Beltre (.310 BA on 100 AB) and Nomar Mazara (.291 BA on 151 AB) have been the offensive stars for the Rangers thus far.  On the other hand, Shin-Soo Choo (.239 BA on 155 AB) and Joey Gallo (.204 BA on 147 AB) have also been solid all-season long.

Cole Hamels (2-4) has pitched 51.2 innings this season while allowing 24 runs on 45 hits, 9 homers, 21 walks, and 57 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.48.  Bartolo Colon (1-1) has pitched 43.1 innings while allowing 17 runs on 35 hits, 9 homers, 4 walks, and 29 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.32.

Seattle Mariners's Latest Performance :

The Mariners have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  Recently, after winning a 3-game road set against the Oakland Athletics on 5-1-2018, Seattle would suffer a 3-game series defeat at home to the Angels on 5-6-2018.  They did, however, come out rejuvenated in a 3-game road set against the Toronto Blue Jays to sweep the series on 5-10-2018.  Game 1 of their 4-game road set versus the Detroit Tigers was postponed.

For the season, the Mariners are averaging 4.71 runs per game (11th) with a team batting average of .260 (8th), 48 homers (11th) along with 26 stolen bases (6th).  Their pitching staff has certainly been inconsistent on the year with an ERA of 4.66 (23rd) with 351 strikeouts (9th) along with 14 quality starts (19th).

Robinson Cano (.289 BA on 142 AB), Dee Gordon (.325 BA on 151 AB), Jean Segura(.297 BA on 158 AB), and Mitch Haniger (.294 BA on 136 AB) have been solid at the plate for the Mariners thus far.  Kyle Seager (.250 BA on 148 AB) has also been pivotal to Seattle’s success this season.

Mike Leake (4-3) has pitched 45.2 innings while allowing 29 runs on 53 hits, 7 homers, 16 walks, and 32 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.72 while James Paxton (2-1) has pitched 47.2 innings while allowing 18 runs on 35 hits, 5 homers, 19 walks, and 67 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.40 for the season.  Finally, Felix Hernandez (5-3) has pitched 49.1 innings this year while allowing 31 runs on 48 hits, 10 homers, 22 walks, and 45 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.66.

How Texas Rangers & Seattle Mariners Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Rangers are 17-23 ATS while the O/U is 21-16-3.  On the other hand, the Mariners are 22-14 ATS while the O/U is 22-14.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This matchup will be an interesting one in that the Rangers have just begun to register some momentum in winning 3 of their last 5 games while the Seattle Mariners remain strong in winning 3 of their last 5 games.  The Seattle Mariners have dominated this series in the past while winning 3 of their last 4 meetings at SafeCo Field, as stated.  In all, it will be exciting to see how Seattle (10-7 ATS at home) now matches up with the seemingly surging Rangers, who happen to be 10-7 ATS on the road.

Against The Spread Selection: Seattle Mariners

My reason for the pick :

While the Rangers have indeed picked up some wins in their past couple contests, I will back the Mariners to get an all-important win in game 2 of this series.  The fact is that the Mariners, as stated, have really dominated this series at home and Texas, despite playing better in their last few games, will not be able to solve the bats of the Mariners in the end.  In all, Seattle will indeed pick up an important division victory on Tuesday night.

Betting trends for Texas Rangers:

  • Betting Trends for Texas Rangers

    • The Rangers are 7-5 in last 12 games
    • The Over is 9-3-2 in Rangers last 14 games

Betting trends for Seattle Mariners:

  • Betting Trends for Seattle Mariners

    • The mariners are 10-5 in last 15 games
    • The Under is 5-3 in Mariners last 8 games
    • The Over is 9-6 in Mariners last 15 home games

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.