Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners
The Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners meet for game two of their series in Arlington. The Rangers are -230 favorites over the Mariners with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Texas Rangers are looking to get back to the World Series and while their pitching doesn’t look to be all there they are making up for it with their bats. Monday the Rangers debuted Japanese sensation Yu Darvish who looked shaky and like he wouldn’t get out of the first inning but he did and after allowing eight hits and five runs while striking out five over 5.2 innings of work he got his first win as Major Leaguer as the bullpen didn’t allow another run all night. Nelson Cruz, Mitch Moreland, Josh Hamilton, and Ian Kinsler all homered as the Rangers had 12 hits and 11 runs in the win. For Tuesday’s game Texas starts Neftali Feliz as he makes the move from the bullpen and as the closer to the starting rotation. Last season Feliz had a 2.74 ERA allowing 42 hits and striking out 54 over 62.1 innings of work.
The Seattle Mariners saw an opening in the early going against the Rangers on Monday but they were unable to hold on to their lead and ended up losing a one sided game. Ichiro Suzuki had three hits and scored twice, Kyle Seager had three hits and three RBI’s, and Chone Figgins had a hit and scored a run as the Mariners scored five runs on 11 hits. Starter hector Noesi was given a cushion to work with but was unable to do anything with them as he allowed six hits and seven runs over just three innings to take the loss though the bullpen wasn’t much help. For Tuesday’s game Seattle starts Blake Beavan who was 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA last season as he allowed 106 hits and 46 runs while striking out 42 in 97 innings of work.
Texas is 28-9 in their last 37 home games against a right handed starter, 27-10 in their last 37 games overall, and 37-15 in their last 52 home games. Seattle is 6-15 in their last 21 against the A.L. West, 14-39 in their last 53 games as a road underdog, and 1-5 in Beavan’s last six road starts. Seattle is 18-45 in their last 63 meetings in Texas.
Once again the odds are out of hand with the Rangers but the way they are hitting the play here is the Rangers.
Texas Rangers -230 Seattle Mariners