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Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers - 9/29/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Rangers (67-93) at Seattle Mariners (87-73)
Date & Time Saturday September 29, 2018, 9:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Seattle Mariners -210 / Texas Rangers +175 --- Over/Under: 8
TV Channel
RTNW, FSSW
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MLB | Texas Rangers (67-93) at Seattle Mariners (87-73)
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The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners meet Saturday in MLB action at Safeco Field.

The Texas Rangers could use a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Rangers have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have lost nine of their last 11 games when scoring six or less runs. Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 147 hits and 62 RBI while Jurickson Profar and Nomar Mazara have combined for 256 hits and 154 RBI. Adrian Sampson gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 4.96 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Sampson’s first career game against the Mariners.

The Seattle Mariners could also use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Mariners have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 11 games. The Seattle Mariners have won eight straight games when scoring at least four runs. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 175 hits and 62 RBI while Mitch Haniger and Dee Gordon have combined for 317 hits and 127 RBI. James Paxton gets the ball, and he is 11-6 with a 3.85 ERA and 199 strikeouts this season. Paxton is 2-4 with a 4.98 ERA and 61 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series. The Mariners are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games, 5-2 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Paxtons last 5 home starts. The Mariners are 2-6 in Paxtons last 8 starts vs. Rangers, 1-4 in Paxtons last 5 home starts vs. Rangers and the Rangers are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Seattle.

We've been fading the Texas Rangers for much of the season and it continues to pay off at an impressive clip. Sampson has allowed 17 hits and 10 runs in 16.1 innings of work this season, so he's basically just like every other pitcher on this Rangers roster who gets tagged whenever on the hill. Paxton has been consistent for much of the season, especially at home where he's allowing a 3.49 ERA and a .202 batting average. I have to side with the Seattle Mariners here and the RL for increased value.

Pick:
Seattle Mariners -1.5

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