Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners
The Texas Rangers continue their march towards their magic number as they host the Seattle Mariners. The Rangers are -230 favorites over the Mariners with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Texas Rangers control their own destiny and they appear to be focused to get back to the World Series and avenge last year’s loss in the Fall Classic. On Saturday Esteban German had three hits and Endy Chavez, David Murphy, Michael Young, and Leonys Martin all had two hits as the Rangers converted 14 hits into seven runs. On the mound Alexi Ogando left after two innings and Scott Feldman allowed five hits and three earned runs while striking out four over four innings of work to earn his second win of the year. For Sunday’s game Texas starts Derek Holland who has won his last four decisions. For the season Holland has allowed 196 hits and 84 earned runs while striking out 155 in 193 innings of work.
The Seattle Mariners are ready to pack it in and work on filling the holes that will hopefully make them competitive in the future. On Saturday Dustin Ackley, Mike Carp, and Adam Kennedy all had hits as the Mariners had five hits and three runs total offense for the game. On the mound Felix Hernandez allowed 12 hits and seven runs, five of them earned in just 3.1 innings of work to take his 14th loss of the season. For Sunday’s game Seattle starts Charlie Furbush who won last time out to end a personal five game losing streak. For the season Furbush has allowed 55 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 37 in 48.2 innings of work.
Texas is 6-0 in their last six home games, 17-5 in their last 22 games against a team with a losing record, and 9-2 in Holland’s last 11 starts as a favorite. Seattle is 17-37 in their last 54 road games, 9-24 in their last 33 against the A.L. West, and 1-5 in Furbush’s last six starts. Seattle is 2-10 in the last 12 meetings of these two.
Texas has been pounding Seattle this series and there is no reason to believe Sunday is any different. Take Texas minus the 230 here.
Texas Rangers -230 Seattle Mariners