Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers are a -120 favorite over the Seattle Mariners this afternoon.Â The over/under run total is set at 7.5 runs. Weather could be a factor in this game as the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-70s, but with windy conditions that could have gusts approaching 30 miles an hour.
Seattle lost the first game of this series 6-4 as a 1-50 road underdog on Monday. The Rangers jumped out to three-run lead after two innings and added three more runs in the middle innings to secure the win. Milton Bradley went 3-for-4 and Justin Smoak added two more hits and a RBI for the Mariners in the losing effort. The loss dropped them to 2-2 on the year, with three of the games going er the total.
Right-hander Felix Hernandez will be making his second start of the season for the Mariners after hurling a complete game against Oakland in last Fridays season opener. He scattered five hits and gave up two earned runs in a 6-2 win as a -110 road underdog. The 2010 AL Cy Young winner went just 13-12 last season in 34 starts but had an ERA of just 2.27 and a WHIP of 1.06. He has struggled in the past against Texas with a 10-12 record and a 3.89 ERA. The Mariners are 7-3 against Texas in Hernandezs last 10 starts, but just 2-3 in his last five.
The Rangers bats have produced an incredible 32 runs in their first four games led by Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli and Elvis Andrus who each have four RBI. Ian Kinsler has belted three home runs and Cruz is hitting .429 with six hits in his 14 at-bats to help lead Texas to a 4-0 start. Three of these games have gone er the total.Â CJ Wilson will be on the mound for the Rangers in this one. He gave up four runs on six hits in an opening day no-decision against Boston. Last season, the left-hander went 15-8 with an ERA of 3.35 and a WHIP of 1.25 in 33 starts. He has made six starts and 37 relief appearances against Seattle and is 6-4 with a 5.18 ERA. Texas is 4-1 in Wilsons last five starts against Seattle.
Head-to-head, the Rangers had won five of the last eight games in the series. These two pitchers last faced one another on September 17th of 2010 with Seattle coming away with a 2-1 win as aÂ -105 home favorite.Â With the wind blowing in, and two really solid pitchers, I am going with the under 7.5 runs
Under 7.5 runs