Texas Rangers (13-25) at Seattle Mariners (17-22)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 7, 2020 at 4:10 pm (T-Mobile Park)
Kolby Allard (0-4) (5.40) vs. Marco Gonzales (4-2) (3.09)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -143 / Texas Rangers +132 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners meet Monday in MLB action from T-Mobile Park.
This will be the fourth and final installment of a four-game weekend set between these teams. The Mariners won the first two, 6-3 Friday and 5-3 Saturday. In the Sunday game, Seattle held off a late rally to eke out a 4-3 win and keep the streak going. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Rangers out-hit Seattle 7-4 in the Sunday loss, but couldn’t make those hits count. Gallo, Taveras and Guzman each hit solo home runs in that one. Starting pitcher Jordan Lyles took the loss with 6.1 innings, three hits, four earned, four strikeouts, four walks and two homers allowed. He’s 1-4 on the season now.
For the Monday starting role, the Rangers will send out Kolby Allard. In his six starts this season, Allard is 0-4 with a 5.40 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 25.0 innings of work. Over his MLB career in 18 games (16 starts), Allard is 5-7 with a 5.86 ERA and 59 Ks in 78.1 frames total.
Over on the Mariners’ side, Sunday starting pitcher Justin Dunn earned the win with his 6.0 innings, four hits, two earned, four walks, four strikeouts and two homers allowed. Kyle Seager was the lead hitter and the real hero in that one, slapping a two-run homer in the fourth inning as one of his two hits.
In the Monday starting pitcher slot, Seattle is going with Marco Gonzales. Over seven starts in 2020, Gonzales is 4-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. Gonzales holds a career 38-27 mark with a 4.15 ERA and 395 Ks in 490.2 MLB innings.
The Rangers are 17-35 in their last 52 games overall and 17-35 in their last 52 games on grass. Texas is 11-28 in their last 39 games as an underdog and 9-26 in their last 35 during game four of a series.
Meanwhile, Seattle is 2-5 in their last seven Monday games and 18-40 in their last 58 games versus a left-handed starter. The mariners are 29-59 in their last 88 versus the American League West and the over is 4-1 in their last five Monday games.
Pick: I’m going Mariners here. On August 21 in Seattle, Allard faced the Mariners and gave up four runs in 0.2 innings. Allard also had an August 30 start with two runs in 5.2 innings last season. His performance will probably fall somewhere in the middle here. As for Gonzales, he fell to the Rangers on August 11, but for the most part has been a very solid pitcher in 2020. I like Gonzales to come out and have a nice game here to help put the Mariners in position to win.