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Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/27/14

Texas Rangers (14-9) at Seattle Mariners (9-13)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Safeco Field)

Matt Harrison (L) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Brandon Maurer (R) (0-0) (2.079)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -103 / Texas Rangers -107 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-SW, ROOT-NW

The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners will play in a rubber matchup on Sunday afternoon.

The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the league, winning nine of their last 11 games, including a 6-3 win over the Mariners on Saturday. Alex Rios has seven hits in his last five games, and Prince Fielder is breaking out his funk a bit by picking up three hits in the first two games of this series. Meanwhile, the Rangers pitching staff is the real reason for their success, as they’ve held teams to three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. Matt Harrison will see his first action of the season and he only played in two games last year, allowing 11 runs in 10.2 innings and striking out 12 batters. Harrison is 10-2 with a 2.06 ERA in 14 career starts against the Mariners.

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/27/14

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The Mariners have lost nine of their last 11 games and remain one of the biggest disappointments in the MLB at the moment. The consistent let down for the Mariners has been their lineup, as they’ve scored three or less runs in 10 of their last 16 games. Robinson Cano has just one homerun in 89 at bats and Abraham Almonte has struck out 36 times. One consistent has been the Mariners pitching, including Brandon Maurer, who has allowed one run and four hits in 4.1 innings this season. Maurer is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in two career starts against the Rangers. 

The Rangers are 7-3 in Harrison's last 10 starts as a road underdog and 1-4 in Harrison's last 5 starts. The Mariners are 5-11 in their last 16 home games vs. a left-handed starter and 5-13 in their last 18 games as a home favorite. The Rangers are 9-1 in Harrison's last 10 starts vs. Mariners. 

The Mariners have been an absolute mess and have been good fade material for much of the season so far. Meanwhile, the Rangers are red hot. Although I'm never real confident in a pitcher making his first start of the year, the Rangers are the pick in this matchup regardless. 

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Texas Rangers -107

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