The Texas Rangers are set to take on their divisional nemesis Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. The matchup gets going at 10:10 p.m. ET and fans can catch the game on RTNW and FSSW.
Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners Odds
Vegas is listing Texas (+165) as the underdog to Seattle (-175). The total sits at 8.5 runs and bettors can wager on either the over or the under for -110. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds sitting at -135 for the Rangers +1.5 runs and +115 for the Mariners -1.5.
The Mariners are 86-73 straight up (SU) and 76-82 against the spread (ATS). The team has gained 9.3 units for moneyline bettors while earning 13.9 units (ATS). The Rangers have gone 67-92 SU this year and are 77-81 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 10.0 units for moneyline bettors and 10.4 units ATS.
Neither squad has been a strong over/under bet this year. Mariners games have a 78-78-2 over/under record in 2018. The Rangers have an over/under record of 75-73-10.
Martin Perez will get the nod for the visiting Rangers. The southpaw Perez (2-6, 6.13 ERA) has recorded 50 strikeouts in 83.2 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with eight strikeouts and a 3.18 ERA against Seattle this year (three starts).
The Mariners are putting the ball in the hands of lefty Wade LeBlanc (8-5, 3.55 ERA), who has 124 strikeouts and 38 walks, as well as a 1.17 WHIP. LeBlanc is 1-1 with 13 strikeouts and a 2.76 ERA over three starts against Texas this year.
Seattle’s pitching staff has given up 4.4 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have a 4.37 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.82 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. In 73 games against divisional opponents, Mariners starters have an ERA of 4.76 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.07.
The Seattle hitters have put up 4.1 runs per outing, including 4.5 per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .203/.267/.343 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.
Shortstop Jean Segura and outfielder Mitch Haniger have led the Mariners’ hitters this year. Segura is hitting .301/.338/.413 with 10 home runs, 62 RBIs, 90 runs and 20 steals, while Haniger’s line is .283/.364/.492 with 26 homers, 91 RBIs and 88 runs.
In the visiting dugout, Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.38 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 6.27 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.27, along with a K-per-9 of 8.13.
Rangers hitters have slashed .240/.321/.405 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).
Texas’ hitters have been paced by Shin-soo Choo and Jurickson Profar, who collectively have belted 41 home runs. Choo is slashing .263/.377/.433 with 21 home runs, 62 RBIs and 82 runs scored. Profar is hitting .253/.336/.461 with 20 homers, 77 RBIs and 82 runs scored.
The Rangers have lost 4.1 units and are 25-28 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in 26 of those games, compared to 22 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Mariners have netted 1.6 units and are 28-25 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 23 of those games, as opposed to 29 that’ve gone under.
Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Mariners, ATS Winner – Rangers, O/U – UNDER