Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners
|Date & Time||Monday July 22, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
Seattle Mariners -125 / Texas Rangers +105
The Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners meet in game one of a three game AL West division series in MLB action from T-Mobile Park on Monday night.
The Texas Rangers will look to bounce back and snap a seven game losing streak after being swept by Houston following a 5-3 loss in Sunday’s series finale. Nomar Mazara and Logan Forsythe each had a solo home run while Danny Santana went 2 for 4 with an RBI to finish off Texas’ scoring as a team in the loss. Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus each had a base hit to cap off Texas’ offense as the Rangers had just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Lance Lynn took the loss, falling to 12-6 on the year after giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out 12 over seven innings of work. Adrian Sampson will start the opener and is 6-6 with a 4.92 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. This will be Sampson’s second career start against Seattle.
The Seattle Mariners will look to rebound as well after losing eight of their last nine games, including a 9-3 loss in Sunday’s series finale against the Angels. Mallex Smith had a double and an RBI while Domingo Santana went 2 for 4 with an RBI as well in the loss. Tom Murphy had a double while Dee Gordon went 3 for 4 and Tim Beckham had two hits. Dylan Moore, Kristopher Negron and Austin Nola each had a base hit as well in the defeat for the M’s. Yusei Kikuchi took the loss, falling to 4-7 on the year after allowing seven runs on nine hits while striking out three over five innings of work. Marco Gonzales will start the series opener and is 10-8 with a 4.48 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gonzales is 4-3 with a 3.35 ERA and 38 strikeouts against Texas.
Texas is 0-7 in their last 7 games overall and 0-8 in Sampson’s last 8 road starts while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Seattle is 5-2 in Gonzales’ last 7 starts and 2-6 in their last 8 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. Texas is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Seattle.
Neither of these teams hold value in their current form, and it’s a bit more surprising with Texas given that the Rangers had provided some decent value before going on this brutal slide. I’m not trying to back either starter in this one, but I feel that Gonzales is a slightly better option than Sampson, who just allowed five runs in less than two innings of relief in his last appearance. Gonzales had allowed seven runs, six earned, in his last start and has an ERA at home well over five, but I still think that the Mariners hold the cards for a victory behind Gonzales so I’ll lay the juice with Seattle here.