Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers
The Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers face off on Friday at Safeco Field for game one of their AL West weekend series. The Rangers are -115 favorites over the Seattle Mariners with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Seattle Mariners are off to a tough start to the season as they are falling short of expectations. The Mariners are 3-5 at home this season, 2-8 in their last 10 games, and 5.5 games back in the AL West. As a team Seattle is hitting .222 with Robinson Cano hitting .280, Corey Hart hitting .270, and Dustin Ackley hitting .239. The Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 3.51 with the starters at 3.58 and the bullpen at 3.38. For game one against the Rangers the Mariners start Roenis Elias who is coming off of a loss in his last start. For the season Elias has allowed 19 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 15 over 22.1 innings for a 1-2 record and a 3.22 ERA.
The Texas Rangers are in first place in the American League and are coming off of a sweep of the A’s in Oakland. The Rangers are 5-4 on the road, 8-2 in their last 10 games, and they have win their last three games. As a team the Rangers are hitting .271 with Kevin Kouzmanoff hitting .362, Alex Rios hitting .318, and Shin-Soo Choo hitting .314. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.77 with the starters at 3.45 and the bullpen at 4.43. For game one in Seattle the Rangers start Robbie Ross who took the loss in his last start. For the season Ross has allowed 21 hits and six earned runs while striking out 21 over 23.1 innings for a 1-1 record and a 2.31 ERA.
Seattle is 4-9 in game one of a series, 2-5 in their last seven games as a road underdog, and 1-8 in their last nine games. Texas is 8-1 in their last nine games, 4-1 in their last five road games, and 5-12 in game one of a series. Texas has won five of their last six games in Seattle.
Texas is banged up but they are just red hot right now and they are the play.
Texas Rangers -115 Seattle Mariners