Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners Matchup

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The Seattle Mariners are playing host to their division nemesis Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. The matchup gets underway at 9:10 p.m. ET and fans can catch it on either RTNW or FSSW.

Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners Odds

Texas (+175) is coming into this one as the underdog against Seattle (-185) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this one at 8 runs. Odds for betting on the game’s total stand at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds standing at -125 for the Rangers +1.5 runs and +105 for the Mariners -1.5.

The Rangers are 67-93 SU and are 78-81 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.4 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Mariners, on the other hand, are 87-73 SU and 76-83 ATS. The team’s gained 7.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 14.9 units ATS. Seattle has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

Neither side has established itself as an obvious over/under play this year. Mariners games have an over/under record of 78-79-2 in 2018. The Rangers have an over/under record of 75-74-10.

Adrian Sampson will get the nod for the visiting Rangers. Sampson (0-2, 4.96 ERA) has recorded 11 strikeouts in 16.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Mariners this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Mariners will put the ball in the left hand of James Paxton (11-6, 3.85 ERA), who has 199 strikeouts and 42 walks as well as a 1.10 WHIP. Paxton is 0-0 with 11 strikeouts and a 7.00 ERA across two starts against Texas this year.

Seattle’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starters have a 4.40 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.79 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 8.9 K/9. In 74 divisional games, Mariners starters have an ERA of 4.82 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.02.

Seattle’s hitters have put up 4.2 runs per outing, including 4.6 per game against divisional foes and 5.6 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .233/.315/.392 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Shortstop Jean Segura and right fielder Mitch Haniger have led the Mariners’ offense this year. Segura is hitting .301/.338/.412 with 10 home runs, 62 RBIs, 91 runs and 20 stolen bases, and Haniger is hitting .285 with 26 homers, 92 RBIs and 89 runs.

For the visitors, Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.39 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 6.28 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.30, along with a WHIP of 1.44 and a K/9 of 8.18.

Rangers hitters have slashed .240/.321/.406 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 contests (1-4 SU).

Shin-soo Choo and Jurickson Profar continue to lead Texas’ hitters. Choo is slashing .264/.377/.434 with 21 home runs, 62 RBIs and 83 runs scored. Profar (.253/.335/.459) has produced 20 homers, 77 RBIs and 82 runs scored.

The Rangers have lost 2.4 units and are 26-28 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over’s hit in 26 of those games, compared to 23 that’ve gone under against -handed starting pitchers.

Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Texas has tallied 14 extra-base hits over its last five games. Seattle has 17 XBH over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.
  • Texas fielders have nine errors over the last 10 games, compared to four errors for Seattle over its last 10.