Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners 5-31-2018




Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners 5-31-2018

Texas Rangers (22-34) vs Seattle Mariners (33-20)

Date : 05/31/2018
Time : 10:10 pm EST
Location : SafeCo Field, Seattle, Washington

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners

The finale of a 4-game set between the visiting Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners will take place at SafeCo Field in Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday night at 10:10 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 lost 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-3-1.  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, they would tie a 4-game home set to the Kansas City Royals on 5-27-2018.  Most recently, the Rangers would lose on the road in game 1 of a 4-game set against the Seattle Mariners on 5-28-2018 by a score of 2-1.

For the season, the Rangers are averaging 4.18 runs per game (20th) with a team batting average of .227 (29th), 65 homers (10th) along with 29 stolen bases (12th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.77 (25th) with 414 strikeouts (25th) along with 18 quality starts on the season (25th).

Nomar Mazara (.264 BA on 208 AB) has been the most effective offensive star thus far for the Rangers.  On the other hand, Shin-Soo Choo (.261 BA on 207 AB) and Joey Gallo (.197 BA on 198 AB) have also been solid all-season long.

Cole Hamels (3-5) has pitched 65 innings this season while allowing 31 runs on 57 hits, 13 homers, 26 walks, and 66 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.74.  Bartolo Colon (2-2) has also pitched 63.1 innings while allowing 26 runs on 52 hits, 13 homers, 7 walks, and 40 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.55.

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.  The Mariners would also get a 3-game home series win over the Minnesota Twins on 5-27-2018.  They carried this momentum into their current, 4-game home series against the Texas Rangers where they won game 1 by a score of 2-1 on 5-28-2018.

For the season, the Mariners are averaging 4.32 runs per game (15th) with a team batting average of .254 (9th), 59 homers (16th) along with 39 stolen bases (3rd).  Their pitching staff has certainly been inconsistent on the year with an ERA of 3.89 (13th) with 464 strikeouts (11th) along with 25 quality starts (8th).

Dee Gordon (.304 BA on 184 AB), Jean Segura (.324 BA on 213 AB), and Mitch Haniger (.280 BA on 186 AB) have been solid at the plate for the Mariners thus far.  Kyle Seager (.226 BA on 208 AB) has also been pivotal to Seattle’s success this season.

Mike Leake (5-3) has pitched 65.2 innings while allowing 38 runs on 72 hits, 8 homers, 16 walks, and 39 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.93 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 24-32 ATS while the O/U is 27-25-4.  On the other hand, the Mariners are 29-24 ATS while the O/U is 27-26.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

With division standings on the line, it would be beneficial for both teams to come out focused on getting a win on Thursday in the finale.  Mike Minor (4-3), who has struggled with inconsistency all year, will come to the mound for the Rangers while Wade LeBlanc (0-0), who has been solid all season, has had to endure a string of no decisions in his past few outings.  In all, the Rangers simply remain up and down while the Mariners are continuing to trend upwards these days.  With that being said, it will be interesting to see how if the pitching staff for the Mariners will somehow take advantage of the Rangers inability to get consistent hits.  Again, Seattle needs this win in which to keep pressure on the Astros who sit atop the AL West.

Against The Spread Selection: Seattle Mariners

My reason for the pick :

With so much riding on this game, I expect the Mariners to once again come out with the victory in the finale.  As stated, LeBlanc has been solid this year and has not allowed more than 2 runs as a starter in his last 5 outings.  On the other hand, this Ranger lineup will be, for the most part, inexperienced against LeBlanc with only Shin-Soo Choo (1-1) and Jurickson Profar (0-1) having faced LeBlanc in the past.  I expect the Mariners to simply be the better team in this matchup while taking the momentum and confidence from yet another division win.

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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