Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners 5-16-18




Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners 5-16-18

Texas Rangers (16-26) vs Seattle Mariners (22-17)

Date : 05/16/2018
Time : 3:40 pm EST
Location : SafeCo Field, Seattle, Washington

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners

The finale 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 3:40 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 lost 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-3-1.  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, yet, would go on to lose a 3-game road set to the Houston Astros on 5-2018.

For the season, the Rangers are averaging 3.88 runs per game (28th) with a team batting average of .229 (27th), 50 homers (9th) along with 16 stolen bases (22nd).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.84 (26th) with 318 strikeouts (23rd) along with 13 quality starts on the season (25th).

Adrian Beltre (.314 BA on 102 AB) and Nomar Mazara (.284 BA on 155 AB) have been the offensive stars for the Rangers thus far.  On the other hand, Shin-Soo Choo (.245 BA on 159 AB) and Joey Gallo (.199 BA on 151 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, 4 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 lost 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  Recently, 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.  With the postponement of game 1 of their 4-game road set versus the Detroit Tigers, a doubleheader was played on 5-12-2018 which saw both teams win a game apiece; However, Detroit would win the finale on 5-13-2018 by a score of 5-4.

For the season, the Mariners are averaging 4.69 runs per game (11th) with a team batting average of .261 (6th), 49 homers (11th) along with 28 stolen bases (4th).  Their pitching staff has certainly been inconsistent on the year with an ERA of 4.68 (23rd) with 355 strikeouts (10th) along with 15 quality starts (20th).

Robinson Cano (.287 BA on 143 AB), Dee Gordon (.329 BA on 155 AB), Jean Segura(.301 BA on 163 AB), and Mitch Haniger (.293 BA on 140 AB) have been solid at the plate for the Mariners thus far.  Kyle Seager (.248 BA on 163 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 53.2 innings while allowing 21 runs on 41 hits, 6 homers, 19 walks, and 71 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.52 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 17-25 ATS while the O/U is 21-18-3.  On the other hand, the Mariners are 23-16 ATS while the O/U is 24-15.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This matchup will be an interesting one in that both teams have gone through some rough patches, recently.  The Rangers will simply be looking to obtain a win in which to increase their position in the division while the Mariners will look to remain as dominant against this team as they have been in the past.  It would be important to mention that the Mariners have won 3 of their last 4 meetings at SafeCo Field.  With that being said, it will be interesting to see how the Mariners, after losing 3 of their last 5 games, come out to play in the finale of this series.

Against The Spread Selection: Seattle Mariners

My reason for the pick :

The Rangers were beginning to play well recently, however, they slowly descended back to earth lately as they have dropped some huge outings.  While the Mariners have lost much of the momentum that they had gained from an outstanding winning streak lately, I continue to have confidence that they will come out of their funk.  In all, I expect the Mariners to come out strong in the finale on Wednesday in that they seek to make up some ground in the division.  Combine this with the fact that the Mariners have played well in the past few games at home along with the Rangers continuing to struggle both home and on the road, I will take the Mariners with confidence.

Betting trends for Texas Rangers:

  • Betting Trends for Texas Rangers

    • The Rangers are 2-5 in last 7 road games
    • The Rangers are 5-9 in last 14 games

Betting trends for Seattle Mariners:

  • Betting Trends for Seattle Mariners

    • The Mariners are 8-6 in last 14 games
    • The Under is 9-6 in Mariners last 15 games
    • The Over is 9-7 in Mariners last 16 home games

Falepa

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