Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners - 9/22/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seattle Mariners (84-68) at Texas Rangers (64-88)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Marco Gonzales (12-9) (4.11) vs. M Minor (12-7) (4.14)
The Line: Texas Rangers -115 / Seattle Mariners -105 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, RTNW
The Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers will be continuing their MLB series on Saturday from Globe Life Park.
In the Friday opener, we had a rain-shortened seven-inning game as the Rangers took an 8-3 win.
For Saturday’s game, the Mariners will be sending out Marco Gonzales for the start. Across his 155.2 innings and 12-9 mark this year, Gonzales has a 4.28 ERA with 136 Ks and 30 BBs.
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Tops in hitting for the Mariners this year is Jean Segura, who came into this set on 169 hits, 86 runs and 60 RBI. On Friday, Segura had a hit and an RBI.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re going with Mike Minor in the start Saturday. Over 152.1 innings and a 12-7 record, Minor has a 4.14 ERA with 128 Ks and 35 BBs.
Leading the way for the Rangers offense is Shin-Soo Choo, who entered this series on 144 hits, 80 runs, 21 homers and 62 RBI. In the opener, Choo had a hit and two runs.
The Mariners are 5-1 in their last six Saturday games and 1-6 in their last seven in game two of a series. Seattle is also 0-6 in Gonzales’ last six starts and 0-4 in his last four starts versus the AL West.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 4-0 in Minor’s last four starts versus the AL West and 4-1 in his last five Saturday starts. Texas is 4-1 in Minor’s last five starts with five days’ rest and 3-7 in his last 10 starts versus a team with a winning record.
Following eight earned in 3.0 innings against Houston last month, Gonzales has calmed down a bit over his last two starts, with four combined runs in 10.0 innings. As for Minor, he’s been pitching well over his last five outings, allowing a total of seven earned runs in 29.1 innings. I like Minor to keep it going here (he’s 6-1 since the beginning of August), so I’m going Rangers.