Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/15/14
Texas Rangers (33-34) at Seattle Mariners (34-33)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Safeco Field)
Nick Martinez (R) (1-2) (5.914) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (R) (4-3) (2.793)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -168 / Texas Rangers +158 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers can sweep the Seattle Mariners with a win on Sunday afternoon.
The Rangers have snapped a four-game losing streak with three straight wins and are a victory away from being a .500 ball club. The difference in these three wins has been their pitching staff, as the Rangers have allowed just three runs in their last three games. Of course, pitching has been an issue for the Rangers, as their 4.46 ERA is 29th worst in the majors. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has 17 hits in his last 10 games and Elvis Andrus has scored seven runs in his last eight games. Nick Martinez gets the ball, and he’s 1-3 with a 4.63 ERA and has 22 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. This will be Martinez’s first career game against the Mariners.
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The Mariners have lost five straight games and are a sweep away from dropping back to .500. It’s back to the Mariners team that can’t score, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in six straight games. The Mariners offense has had issues with consistency all year and they’re 8-26 when scoring three or less runs. Robinson Cano, however, does have 13 hits in his last 10 games. The Mariners pitching has an ERA of 3.40, sixth best in the league. Starting is Hisashi Iwakuma, who is 4-3 with a 2.79 ERA and has 41 strikeouts in 58 innings. Iwakuma is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA in nine career starts against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog. The Mariners are 2-5 in Iwakuma's last 7 starts as a home favorite and 4-0 in Iwakuma's last 4 starts during game 3 of a series. The Mariners are 5-2 in Iwakuma's last 7 starts vs. Rangers.
Iwakuma has been money for much of the season, but the Rangers, a team that's dominated the first two games of the series, is getting no respect with this line. There's too much value to pass up here with the road team.