Free MLB Pick: Mariners vs Rangers Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(64-56) Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers (42-77)
Date: Wednesday, August 18th
Time: 8:05 PM ET
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Marco Gonzalez vs. Mike Foltynewicz
MLB Moneyline Odds: Mariners -170 | Rangers +145
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Mariners -1.5 (-110)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
The AL wild card has become a log jam, with the Yankees, A’s, and Red Sox all tied for the two spots. If the Mariners want to stay in the conversation, they need wins like Wednesday’s matchup with last place Texas.
Seattle did indeed take care of business in Tuesday’s series opener, coming back after an off day to score a 3-1 win as -130 favorites. The Rangers had taken 2 of 3 over the weekend against the A’s, so getting the win was no small feat for the M’s.
Seattle did just enough on Tuesday, getting the 3-1 win to stay within 4 games of the second wild card spot. A couple of sacrifice flys and a Luis Torrens insurance HR in the 9th allowed the Mariners to get their fifth win in the last six games.
The Mariners and Rangers are no strangers, with Seattle taking 2 of 3 at home against Texas last week. Both of their wins in the previous series were also low scoring (3-1, 2-1) so Seattle seems to have found a formula to beat the Rangers. The M’s have dropped four of their last five in Texas though.
Seattle’s offense definitely isn’t going to ‘wow’ you, as they’ve scored 3 runs or less in five of the last six games. Torrens is hitting at a solid .389 clip with a couple of HRs over the past 5 games, but he’s just one of two players hitting better than .260 over the past week.
Marco Gonzalez (4-5, 4.25 ERA) shouldn’t expect a ton of run support on Wednesday night. The left-hander might be OK with that though, as he’s allowed just 6 ER total over his last five starts. The O/U in this matchup is still 9 however.
Texas has only played the Mariners and A’s over their past 10 games, snagging just 3 wins over that span. The Rangers did steal a 5-4 win in Seattle in the series opener last week, and only lost the Gonzalez vs. Mike Foltynewicz matchup 3-1 so they were somewhat in it.
Foltynewicz makes his second straight start against Seattle, giving up 3 ER over 7.0 IP to take the loss last Thursday. Folty has had an up and down past month, getting rocked for 15 ER in consecutive starts vs. the Blue Jays and Tigers. He has settled down to allow 6 total over his last three.
The big concern is the Texas bats going up against Gonzalez, who threw a complete game 2 hitter against them last Thursday. That’s 2 ER scored over 15.0 IP against the Seattle starter in August, although the Rangers did tag him for 6 over just 3.1 IP during a start in July.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Mariners are 5-0 last 5 vs. RH starter
- Mariners are 1-4 last 5 road games
- Under is 7-0 in Mariners last 7 road games
- Rangers are 4-1 last 5 home games vs. RH starter
- Rangers are 20-50 last 70 overall
- Rangers are 4-1 last 5 head to head in Texas.
Free Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction:
This feels like a game that Seattle drops for no reason. The M’s have had their struggles on the road and haven’t had a ton of success playing in Texas this season.
That being said the Rangers are the Rangers, and Gonzalez has been great as of late for Seattle. Foltynewicz seems to have settled down a bit from a couple disastrous starts, and 7 straight Seattle road games have gone under the total.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Under 9
This one looks like maybe 7 total runs scored at most.
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