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Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/25/14

Texas Rangers (50-79) at Seattle Mariners (71-58)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

Miles Mikolas (R) (1-5) (7.480) vs. Roenis Elias (L) (9-10) (4.089)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -168 / Texas Rangers +158 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW, ROOT

The Seattle Mariners host the Texas Rangers for game one of a three game series in the AL West.

The Texas Rangers are one of the biggest decliners in all of baseball this season, but on Sunday night they boosted team morale ever so slightly by dodging the home sweep at the hands of the Royals.  In Sunday’s 3-1 win, the Rangers racked up 11 hits as Adrian Beltre, Robinson Chirinos and Adam Rosales each had two hits and an RBI.   The Rangers are left to play spoiler for the remainder of the season, but in divisional play anything can happen. 

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/25/14

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Miles Mikolas makes the start for the Rangers on Monday in the midst of a horrendous season.  Mikolas enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.58 and ERA of 7.48 while posting a record of 1-5.  Surprisingly though Mikolas has done his best work on the road with an ERA of 3.34 across five starts.  Mikolas has not faced the Mariners this year and no active Mariner has logged an at bat against him either.

The Seattle Mariners might be a long shot to win the AL West, but they are taking care of business in the Wild Card race holding sole possession of 2nd place, coming off a three game road sweep in Boston over the weekend.  In Sunday’s 8-6 win, Hisashi Iwakuma had an off day allowing five runs over just 2.1 innings, but the Mariners bats were active with 13 hits. Dustin Ackley had three hits, an RBI and scored three times, Kyle Seager had two hits, two RBI’s and scored twice, and Brad Miller had two RBI’s in replacement of Robinson Cano who left Sunday’s game with dizziness.

Roenis Elias gets the start for the Mariners on Monday looking to find a way to get deeper into ballgames.  Elias has pitched less than six innings in each of his last seven starts, which has been a combination of walking a lot of batters and being on a closely monitored pitch limit.  For the season Elias has a WHIP of 1.28 and ERA of 4.09 while posting a record of 9-10.  The 26 year old Cuban lefty has been less effective at home with an ERA of 4.50 over 13 starts; no active Rangers has logged more than five at bats against Elias, with Alex Rios batting .400 with a double in five at bats.

The price isn't ideal to back the home side with a middle of the rotation pitcher getting the start but the Mariners are the better team and should emerge victorious here. 

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