Mariners vs. Rangers - 4/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (4-6) at Seattle Mariners (3-6)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
Y Gallardo (1-1) (5.58) vs. J Happ (0-0) (2.84)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -140 / Texas Rangers +130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, ROOT-NW
The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners begin a three-game series late Friday night.
The Texas Rangers look of a win after losing four of their last six games. The same pitching issues that haunted the Rangers last year are still an issue, as they’ve given up five or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Rangers have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Prince Fielder leads Texas with 16 hits and four RBI, while Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland have combined for nine RBI. No matter how talented the Texas Rangers are offensively, this season won’t be much different if their pitching staff continues to stink up the joint. Yovani Gallardo gets the nod, and he’s 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA and has 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Gallardo’s first career game against the Mariners.
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The Seattle Mariners look to bounce back after being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The M’s are also having issues pitching, as they’ve given up four or more runs in seven straight games. The Mariners are 2-5 this year when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Nelson Cruz leads Seattle with 10 hits and nine RBI, while Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano have combined for 16 hits. The Seattle Mariners also have the talent to win a lot of games this season but have to get their pitching rotation in order before that happens. J.A. Happ takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA and has one strikeout this season. Happ is 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 6-14 in their last 20 during game 1 of a series and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The Mariners are 2-8 in their last 10 games following a loss and 6-2 in their last 8 games following an off day. The under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
While the under has owned the previous meetings, neither team can stop giving up runs on either side. I look for that trend to continue, which is why I'm playing the over.