Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/16/14
Seattle Mariners (7-5) at Texas Rangers (6-7)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Felix Hernandez (R) (3-0) (2.110) vs. Yu Darvish (R) (1-0) (0.000)
The Line: Texas Rangers -131 / Seattle Mariners +121 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-NW, FSN-SW
The Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers will play game 3 on Wednesday in a battle between two of the best pitchers in all of baseball.
The Mariners have lost four of their last six games, including a 5-0 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. The Mariners batting lineup simply isn’t getting the job done, as Seattle has scored three or fewer runs in seven of its last 10 games. The Mariners may not need to score many runs on Wednesday with Felix Hernandez on the mound, as the star pitcher is 3-0 this season with an ERA of 2.11. Hernandez has allowed only 14 hits in 21.1 innings, while striking out 20 batters. Hernandez is 12-20 with a 4.18 ERA in 39 career starts against the Rangers.
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The Rangers have won four of their last seven games and look to guarantee at least a split over the Mariners with a win Wednesday. Like Seattle, the Rangers are having a hard time scoring runs, as they’ve scored more than four runs just four times in their first 14 games. However, run support doesn’t seem to be an issue when Yu Darvish takes the mound, as he’s 1-0 this season with a 0.00 ERA in two starts this season. Darvish has allowed eight hits in 15 innings, while striking out 15 batters. In seven career starts against the Mariners, Darvish is 3-3 with an ERA of 4.78.
The Mariners are 5-1 in Hernandez's last 6 road starts vs. a team with a losing record and 13-5 in Hernandez's last 18 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Rangers are 5-0 in Darvish's last 5 starts as a favorite and 11-2 in Darvish's last 13 starts during game 3 of a series. The Mariners are 1-4 in Hernandez's last 5 starts vs. Rangers.
You really can't go wrong picking either team, as you're getting one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. That's why I'm forced to pick the Mariners in this matchup. Seriously, how many times are you going to get plus money with Hernandez? The answer is not many.
Give me Seattle for being the best value pick of the day.