Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers Betting Preview

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The Seattle Mariners will be taking on their divisional rival Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. The action starts at 3:05 p.m. ET and fans can watch the game on both RTNW and FSSW.

Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers Odds

The Mariners are 11-8 SU and are 12-6 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 3.4 units for moneyline bettors over the early portions of the year and 5.7 units ATS. Seattle has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 7-15 SU and 8-13 ATS. They’ve lost 2.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.4 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven.

Texas games have an over/under record of 9-11-1 so far in 2018. The Mariners have an over/under record of 11-7.

Erasmo Ramirez will get the nod for Seattle. The right-handed Ramirez is 0-0 with an ERA. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Rangers are handing the ball to lefty Martin Perez (1-2, 13.14 ERA), who has seven punchouts and seven walks, as well as a WHIP of 2.92. Perez made five starts against the Mariners in 2017, putting together a 1-2 record with a 3.54 ERA and 23 strikeouts.

Seattle’s pitching staff allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starters own a 5.05 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 8.54 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.24, along with a K/9 of 9.39.

Mariners hitters have slashed .255/.318/.416 on their way to 4.4 runs scored per game this season, including 4.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Seattle’s offense has been powered by second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Mitch Haniger. Cano is hitting .333/.450/.485 with 22 hits, nine RBIs and 16 runs scored, while Haniger (.292/.377/.600) is up to 19 hits, six homers, 19 RBIs and nine runs scored.

Cano didn’t seem to enjoy hitting against lefties on the road last year. Over 90 such plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .220/.278/.305 (his overall season line was .280/.338/.453).

In the other dugout, Texas pitchers have given up 5.2 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 5.21 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.11 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. In 16 games against divisional foes, Rangers starters have an ERA of 4.83 and the bullpens ERA is 5.02.

The Texas hitters are putting up 3.5 runs per outing, including 3.1 per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over their last five. The team has hit .253/.339/.382 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo have led the charge for the Rangers hitters this year. Andrus is slashing .327/.426/.500 with 17 hits, five RBIs and seven runs scored, while Choo’s line is .247/.323/.494 with five homers, 10 RBIs and 14 runs.

The Mariners have gained 4.2 units and are 6-0 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in two of those games, compared to four that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Rangers have lost 0.2 units and are 7-9 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in six of those games, compared to nine that’ve gone under.

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The Rangers have lost four of their last five games SU.
  • Seattle has recorded 21.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 20.6 over its last five.
  • The Mariners have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 12 over their last 10.