Seattle Mariners (7-11) at Texas Rangers (7-11)
|Date & Time||Monday April 27, 2015, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers -113 / Seattle Mariners +103 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Seattle Mariners visit Globe Life Park in Arlington to take the field with the Texas Rangers.
The Seattle Mariners have made some changes over the last few years and although the team has improved I don’t know if they are good enough to challenge in the American League West. The Mariners squandered a strong performance on the mound from Roenis Elias in a 4-2, eleven inning loss to the Twins. Elias gave up two runs on six hits and a trio of BB over 5.2 frames with Tyler Olson allowing a pair of runs in the 11th to take the loss. The M’s mustered six hits and four walks with Seth Smith clubbing a solo bomb while going 2-3 with a walk. Taijuan Walker takes the hill fir his first career start against the Rangers. Walker comes off his best effort of the young season versus Houston where he allowed a run on four hits and four BB over 5.1 frames.
The Texas Rangers have some talent to make them dangerous on any given day but some injuries to some of their top players make them a long shot to make noise in the American League West. Starter Nicholas Martinez continued his strong work on the mound with a seven hit shutout through six innings in a 5-4 win at the Angels but did not receive a decision when Anthony Bass allowed a pair of runs to blow the save. The Rangers totaled nine hits and walked seven times with Leonys Martin slugging his first homer while Mitch Moreland went 3-5 with a pair of runs driven in. Every starter reached base with a hit or a walk. Veteran Yovani Gallardo toes the rubber for the second time versus Seattle in 2015. Gallardo won that match up 3-1 with six hits and a pair of free passes over six shutout innings.
Seattle are 3-9 in their last 12 road games and the under is 7-1-1 in the Rangers last 9 Monday games while the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Texas. I haven’t been al that thrilled with Gallardo the past few years but if we dig in to this I think he has the potential to be the difference maker…