Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick – 8/27/13

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick - 8/27/13
2013-08-27 09:10:00 EDT

The Texas Rangers scuffle with the Seattle Mariners Tuesday in Seattle after swatting the M’s 8-3 Monday night.

Texas drove in their final four runs with home runs, one by A.J. Pierzynski and another from Mitch Moreland. The Rangers took a 2-0 and 4-2 lead via small ball. Alexi Rios and Elvis Andrus found holes in the infield for singles, while Jurickson Profar’s fielder’s choice got Rios home during the top of the fourth.

Seattle found the scoreboard on two at-bats- Brad Miller’s two-run single and Kyle Seager’s HR. Joe Saunders (10-13, 5.09 ERA) gave up seven runs during seven frames.

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Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.98 ERA) is happy to see the American League West, although he’d prefer to be at Texas, where he ruled Aug. 16. The Rangers only struck once on Iwakuma during seven innings that day, falling 3-1. At Texas July 4, though, Iwakuma lost a nail-biter 5-4 by allowing four runs during six frames. At Safeco Field, though, the Rangers fell twice to Seattle with Iwakuma pitching. Iwakuma won the first encounter 3-1, yielding one run during 6.2 innings. Iwakuma surrendered two runs a month-and-half later during eight frames in a 4-3 Texas loss.

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Despite all of that, against Iwakuma, the Rangers are 38-of-165 with 14 RBIs, four from Adrian Beltre. Craig Gentry, Ian Kinsler and Pierzynski are the only other batters to have had a bit of success versus Iwakuma, who has conceded eight runs during 14 innings his last two trips to Safeco. Even with the two August losses, Iwakuma is 5-3 at Safeco Field this season.

Texas returns with Derek Holland (9-6, 2.95 ERA), who was genius Aug. 16 against the M’s, yet saw the Rangers fall 3-1. Holland didn’t give up a run during seven frames. At Seattle May 25, Holland allowed two unearned runs during 6.2 innings in a 5-2 victory. The Mariners, however, beat Texas again in Arlington July 3, despite only settling for two runs during six frames versus Holland.

Against Holland, who is 7-1 on the road, Seattle is 34-of-170 with 12 RBIs, three from Dust Ackley. Ackley, however, is 3-of-22  versus Holland, who has just three M’s- Henry Blanco, Seager and Mike Zunino- batting .300 or better against him.

Only the Minnesota Twins( April 27) were able to beat Holland, knocking in four runs, three earned, during seven innings. Although I said Iwakuma would have preferred to thitem at Rangers Ballpark than Seattle, Holland is even more glad to not be hurling in Texas, where he’s 2-5, losing his last four decisions.

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