Texas Rangers (24-34) at Seattle Mariners (33-22)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 31, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Mariners -151 / Texas Rangers +141 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners meet Thursday in MLB action at Safeco Field.
The Texas Rangers look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Rangers have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Nomar Mazara leads the Rangers with 58 hits and 36 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Jurickson Profar have combined for 98 hits and 51 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 4-3 with a 5.63 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. Minor is 1-1 with a 4.12 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Seattle Mariners look to avoid three straight losses for the first time since mid-April. The Mariners have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in three of their last six games. The Seattle Mariners have won six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 74 hits and 36 RBI while Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger have combined for 110 hits and 53 RBI. Wade LeBlanc gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. This will be LeBlanc’s second career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 4-7 in their last 11 road games, 13-25 in their last 38 vs. American League West and 1-6 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series. The Mariners are 7-2 in their last 9 vs. a team with a losing record, 9-0 in LeBlancs last 9 home starts and 9-1 in LeBlancs last 10 starts. The Rangers are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Seattle.
The Seattle Mariners have been on the end of some tough games in this series and the Rangers have learned how to win all of a sudden. Still, the Rangers are throwing out another pitcher in Minor who has been rocked all year, as he's given up 34 runs in 54.1 innings and is allowing a .279 batting average. LeBlanc has allowed no more than two runs in each of his last seven games and is a guy who consistently throws strikes. The Mariners also haven't lost three straight in a month and a half. I'll take Seattle at home.