MLB Odds: M's ace faces Rangers

The Seattle Mariners will send ace pitcher Felix Hernandez to the mound on Thursday night as they take on the division-rival Texas Rangers in MLB betting action at the sportsbooks.

Hernandez tossed 7 2-3 scoreless innings in his first start of the season against the A's, but allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings of work last time out against the White Sox. The Mariners have won each of Hernandez's last two starts against the Rangers.

The match puts starter Justin Grimm for the Rangers on the hill facing Felix Hernandez for the Mariners. Grimm brings a 0-0 mark to the game, while Hernandez is 1-1 to date on the season.

View Texas vs Seattle Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Mariners were listed as -152 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7 earlier at TopBet.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Mariners rated this week at No. 7 and the Rangers sitting at No. 15.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Seattle has the American League's No. 8-rated offensive output, at 7.4 hits per game. The Rangers average 8.8 hits per game, good for No. 9 on the American League list.

Seattle owns the American League's No. 12 defense, allowing 5.1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Texas' American League No. 1-rated defense.

Texas lost its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Rays on April 10. Bettors who backed the Rays at +113 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Rangers were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Tampa Bay staff and losing 2-0 to the Rays on Wednesday at Rangers Ballpark.

Last time out for Seattle, they were an 8-3 loser as they battled the Astros at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Astros at +155 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Seattle suffered an 8-3 loss against Houston on Wednesday, as Blake Beavan wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Safeco Field.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Seattle are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Rangers at Mariners trends to consider:
Texas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas' last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 6 games when playing on the road against Seattle
Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games when playing at home against Texas
Seattle is 5-9-1 SU in its last 15 games ,at home
Seattle is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games ,

Next up:
Texas at Seattle, Friday, April 12