Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Baseball, MLB

The Seattle Mariners will pay a visit to Arlington to play their divisional nemesis Rangers at Globe Life Park. The game gets going at 8:05 p.m. ET and the matchup will be televised on either RTNW or FSSW.

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Seattle (-115) as the favorite over Texas (+105). The total sits at 10.5 runs and bettors can wager on the over for -120 and the under for +100. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds sitting at Mariners -1.5 runs (+130) and Rangers +1.5 runs (-150).

The Rangers are 56-56 against the spread (ATS)despite being only 49-63 straight up (SU). The team hasn’t moved the needle much for gamblers, losing 0.8 units for moneyline bettors and 3.0 units (ATS). Texas has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Mariners have gone 63-48 SU this year and are 54-57 ATS. Overall, the team’s gained 8.2 units for moneyline bettors, but have lost 7.5 units ATS. Seattle has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Rangers games have an over/under record of 52-53-7 in 2018. Mariners games have gone under 56 times, gone over 53 times and pushed on two instances.

Wade LeBlanc will get the start for the visiting Mariners. The left-handed LeBlanc is 6-2 with a 3.95 ERA and 85 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with four strikeouts and a 1.80 ERA against Texas this year.

The Rangers are sending righty Bartolo Colon (5-10, 5.18 ERA) to the mound. Colon has 71 strikeouts and 22 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.28 WHIP. Colon is 1-0 with five strikeouts and a 2.70 ERA across two starts against Seattle this year.

Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The team’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.23, a WHIP of 1.43 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.6. The bullpen has a 4.15 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. In 47 games against AL West opponents, Rangers starters have an ERA of 5.00 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.70.

The Texas hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 4.0 per game against divisional foes and 8.0 per game over their last five. The team has hit .295/.380/.557 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have paced the Rangers’ hitters this year. Choo is slashing .278/.388/.484 with 20 home runs, 52 RBIs and 64 runs scored, and Mazara’s line is .272/.332/.450 with 15 homers, 58 RBIs and 46 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Seattle’s pitching staff allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 7.86 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.98, along with a K-per-9 of 9.52.

The Mariners offense has slashed .254/.317/.407 on its way to 4.1 runs scored per game this season, including 4.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 2.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (0-5 SU).

Shortstop Jean Segura and right fielder Dee Gordon continue to lead Seattle’s hitters. Segura is slashing .308/.337/.434 with eight home runs, 51 RBIs, 72 runs and 15 stolen bases, while Gordon is hitting .285/.305/.345 with one homers, 22 RBIs, 49 runs and 26 steals.

The Mariners have gained 15.9 units and are 37-38 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 39 of those games, as opposed to 35 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 1.9 units and are 17-17 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in 19 of those games, compared to 12 that went under the total.

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in four of Texas’ last seven games.
  • The Rangers have won seven of their last eight games SU.
  • Seattle has recorded 18.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 16.2 over its last five.
  • The Mariners have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 19 over their last 10.