Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners 5-28-2018




Texas Rangers (21-32) vs Seattle Mariners (30-20)

Date : 05/28/2018
Time : 4:10 pm EST
Location : SafeCo Field, Seattle, Washington

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners

Game 1 of a 4-game set between the visiting Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners will take place at SafeCo Field in Seattle, Washington, on Monday afternoon at 4:12 pm EST.  The Rangers currently occupy last place in the AL West while the Mariners are in 2nd place.  This will be the 3rd meeting of the year amongst these two teams with Seattle winning 3 of their last 5 matchups while splitting the last 2 games at SafeCo Field.

Texas Rangers's Latest Performance :

The Texas Rangers have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 4-0-1.  Recently, the Rangers tied a 2-game road set against the Seattle Mariners on 5-16-2018 while following this up with a 4-game series loss to the Chicago White Sox on 5-20-2018.  The would also win a 3-game home set versus the New York Yankees on 5-23-2018, yet, losing game 1 of a 4-game home set to the Kansas City Royals on 5-24-2018 by a score of 8-2.  They would, however, tie the series on 5-25-2018 by beating the Royals 8-4.

For the season, the Rangers are averaging 4.26 runs per game (16th) with a team batting average of .226 (29th), 62 homers (10th) along with 26 stolen bases (13th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.85 (26th) with 405 strikeouts (24th) along with 16 quality starts on the season (25th).

Nomar Mazara (.268 BA on 198 AB) has been the offensive stars for the Rangers thus far.  On the other hand, Shin-Soo Choo (.259 BA on 197 AB) and Joey Gallo (.195 BA on 190 AB) have also been solid all-season long.

Cole Hamels (3-4) has pitched 58.2 innings this season while allowing 26 runs on 49 hits, 11 homers, 23 walks, and 64 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.38.  Bartolo Colon (2-2) has also pitched 56.1 innings while allowing 23 runs on 47 hits, 13 homers, 5 walks, and 36 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.51.

Seattle Mariners's Latest Performance :

The Mariners have won 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 0-5.  Recently, Seattle tied a 2-game home set versus the Texas Rangers on 5-16-2018.  In their following 4-game home series versus the Detroit Tigers, the Mariners won the last 3 games to win the set on 5-20-2018.  They would take this momentum into their next series versus the Athletics and would pick up the 3-game series win on 5-24-2018.  They would also pick up a game 1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on 5-25-2018 by a slim 2-1 score.

For the season, the Mariners are averaging 4.40 runs per game (13th) with a team batting average of .254 (11th), 55 homers (17th) along with 37 stolen bases (3rd).  Their pitching staff has certainly been inconsistent on the year with an ERA of 4.07 (15th) with 443 strikeouts (10th) along with 22 quality starts (14th).

Dee Gordon (.304 BA on 184 AB), Jean Segura (.316 BA on 209 AB), and Mitch Haniger (.291 BA on 175 AB) have been solid at the plate for the Mariners thus far.  Kyle Seager (.224 BA on 196 AB) has also been pivotal to Seattle’s success this season.

Mike Leake (4-3) has pitched 57.2 innings while allowing 37 runs on 68 hits, 8 homers, 16 walks, and 37 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.46 while James Paxton (4-1) has pitched 69.2 innings while allowing 24 runs on 47 hits, 8 homers, 20 walks, and 90 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.10 for the season.  Finally, Felix Hernandez (5-4) has pitched 61.1 innings this year while allowing 39 runs on 59 hits, 10 homers, 26 walks, and 51 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.58.

How Texas Rangers & Seattle Mariners Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Rangers are 23-30 ATS while the O/U is 27-22-4.  On the other hand, the Mariners are 28-22 ATS while the O/U is 27-23.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Mariners are on fire winning 7 of their last 8 games while the Rangers, after a rough start to the season, has begun to flex a bit in winning 3 of their last 4.  Doug Fister (1-4) will come to the mound for game 1 for the Rangers while Marco Gonzales (4-3) will take the hill for the Mariners.  Fister has been fairly dominant against the Mariners lineup, however, the Mariners big bats:  Denard Span (8-22), Kyle Seager (8-22), Nelson Cruz (10-35), and Gordon Beckham (6-22), have had success against the righty in the past.  On the other hand, Gonzalez has not had much experience against the Rangers, yet, Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Chirinos are each 2-3 against the left-hander.

Against The Spread Selection: Seattle Mariners

My reason for the pick :

As stated, the Mariners are simply playing great baseball at this time of year while the Rangers, despite them picking up some wins recently, remain a very inconsistent team.  It is for this reason that I expect the Mariners to come out focused in game 1 in which to set the tone of the series, altogether.  In addition, I feel as though the Mariners have a certain advantage on the mound on Monday with Gonzalez getting the start.  With all these combined, the Mariners will indeed get the victory to start this interesting AL West series.

Betting trends for Texas Rangers:

  • Betting Trends for Texas Rangers

    • The Rangers are 2-6 in last 8 road games
    • The Rangers are 4-8 in last 12 games
    • The Over is 3-1-1 in Rangers last 5 games

Betting trends for Seattle Mariners:

  • Betting Trends for Seattle Mariners

    • The Mariners are 4-2 in last 6 home games
    • The Mariners are 10-6 in last 16 games
    • The Under is 6-2 in Mariners last 8 games

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