Mariners vs. Rangers Preview + Free Pick May 12th, 2008
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Bet On MLB Baseball – Red Hot Rangers Host Struggling Mariners
Maybe the addition of first-year team president and former flame-throwing Hall of Fame right-hander Nolan Ryan really has helped the Texas Rangers, (18-20, 18-16-4 O/U) to get back on track after recording just one winning sports betting season, (2004) since the start of the new millennium.
The Rangers enter tonight’s online betting matchup against the Seattle Mariners, (14-24, 15-20-2 O/U) having won five of their last six games and seven of ten overall, including an convincing 3-1 mark the team posted in beating the Mariners three straight times last week after dropping the series opener.
While the Rangers took an overwhelming 12-6 loss on the chin from the Oakland A’s on Sunday, their struggles this season are nothing when compared to the Seattle Mariners, predicted to be one of the best teams in the American League this season after recording a solid 88-74 record last season and acquiring overpowering lefty Erik Bedard, (2-2, 1.99 ERA) from the Baltimore Orioles in the offseason.
The Mariners have dropped eight of their last ten games in the Our best Sportsbooks though they enter tonight’s matchup coming off a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Bedard will take the mound tonight looking to bounce back from a tough loss he took against the Rangers and starter Vicente Padilla, (5-2, 3.02 ERA) last week despite limiting Texas to just two runs on six hits while striking out five batters in seven innings.
“We have a good ballclub,” Mariners manager John McLaren said. “Things haven’t been going well, but I believe in these guys. We need to keep them going and get out of a hole.”
The Rangers got some spectacular pitching in their series against the Mariners last week, including a fine performance from Padilla who has won three consecutive starts and shut the Mariners out last week, allowing just two hits while striking out eight in seven innings. The fire-balling right-hander has posted a microscopic 0.42 ERA over his last three outings.
Here is a look at tonight’s key tends, followed by my analysis and MLB Betting Picks.
The Mariners are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League West.
The Mariners are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a right-handed starter.
The Rangers are 5-0 in Padilla’s last 5 starts vs. American League West.
The Rangers are 6-1 in Padilla’s last 7 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
The Under is 6-0-2 in Mariners last 8 road games with the total set at 9.0-10.5.
The Under is 9-2-2 in Rangers last 13 games as a home underdog.
The Under is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings.
The Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Texas.
The Rangers are 5-2 in Padilla’s last 7 starts vs. Mariners.
Analysis: I know the Mariners and Bedard lost to the Rangers and Padilla just last week despite being at home, but I say Seattle gets some revenge in this game while picking up their second consecutive win. Take Bedard to shut the Rangers down while getting just enough run support to actually win this contest.
MLB Free Picks: Mariners 4 Rangers 2
08:05 PM EST MLB Odds
Erik Bedard – L -1½ +140
Vicente Padilla – R +1½ -160
Over 9 EV
Under 9 -120
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