Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers Betting Preview

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The Texas Rangers are prepared to battle against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET and the matchup will be televised on either RTNW or FSSW.

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers Odds

Texas (+100) is the home-team underdog against Seattle (-110) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this night game at 11.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total sit at +105 for the under and -125 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds standing at +135 for the Mariners -1.5 runs and -155 for the Rangers +1.5 runs.

The Mariners are 64-48 SU and have gone 55-57 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 9.2 units for gamblers taking the moneyline, despite having lost 6.2 units ATS. Seattle has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 49-64 SU and 56-57 ATS. The team has lost 2.4 units for moneyline bettors and 4.0 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Neither team has positioned itself as an obvious over/under bet this year. Texas games have had an over/under record of 53-53-7 in 2018. Seattle has an over/under record of 54-56-2.

Felix Hernandez is getting the start for the Mariners. The right-handed Hernandez is 8-9 with a 5.49 ERA and 97 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with nine strikeouts and a 6.10 ERA against Texas this year (two starts).

The Rangers will send righty Yovani Gallardo (6-1, 6.51 ERA) to the mound. Gallardo has 30 punchouts and 23 walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.62. Gallardo hasn’t faced the Mariners yet this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.

Texas’ pitchers have given up 5.2 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have a 5.29 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.16 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.2 K/9. In 47 games against AL West foes, Rangers starters have an ERA of 5.00 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.70.

The Texas offense has put up 4.7 runs per outing, including 4.0 per game against divisional foes and 7.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .278/.378/.497 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Rangers’ hitters have been led by Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara. Choo is slashing .276/.386/.480 with 20 home runs, 53 RBIs and 64 runs scored, while Mazara is hitting .272 with 15 homers, 58 RBIs and 46 runs.

For the visiting squad, Seattle’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.15 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 7.85 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.95, along with a K/9 of 9.53.

Mariners hitters have slashed .255/.317/.408 on their way to 4.1 runs scored per game this year, including 4.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Shortstop Jean Segura and right fielder Dee Gordon have paced Seattle’s hitters. Segura is slashing .309/.338/.435 with eight home runs, 51 RBIs, 73 runs and 16 stolen bases. Gordon (.285/.305/.345) is up to one homers, 22 RBIs, 49 runs and 26 steals.

The Mariners have gained 16.9 units and are 38-38 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 40 of those games, compared to 35 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Rangers have lost 4.3 units and are 39-40 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 34 of those games, compared to 41 which went under the total.

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – Rangers, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • Seattle has logged 11 extra-base hits over its last five games. Texas has 20 XBH over its last five.
  • The Mariners have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 18 over their last 10.
  • Seattle has recorded 19.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 18.2 over its last five.