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Mariners are a Great Bet as Underdogs

After completing the biggest comeback in franchise history against the pathetic San Diego Padres, the Seattle Mariners will open up a weekend series against the Rangers in Texas. The baseball world is buzzing after the M’s erased a 10-run deficit on Thursday night, and Seattle will look to use that momentum to break a first-place tie in the AL West with the Rangers.

Shark bites
  • The Rangers are 7-2 in their last nine games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre both have a .455 AVG in 22 combined AB's vs Walker.
  • Yu Darvish has a career 4.47 ERA and a 3-3 record vs Seattle.

Yu Darvish will make his second start of the season after a promising debut against the Pirates where he allowed one run with seven K’s in five innings of work. Only six Mariners batters have faced Darvish in their careers and they’ve combined to hit .316 in 76 at-bats, but have zero home runs against him.

The Mariners enter the game at +123 underdogs, and they’ve thrived in this situation, going 9-2 in their last 11 games as underdogs. Taijuan Walker will take the mound and attempt to continue pitching well on the road this season. In three road starts, he has a 2-1 record with a 2.77 ERA and just two walks. He has, however, been victimized by the long ball this season, allowing 10 dingers in his 10 starts.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Texas Rangers in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline favorites of -134 at BetOnline for Friday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 8.5 at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 6.3-4.9 win for the Mariners. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Seattle Mariners vs Texas Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Texas Rangers sport a record of 31-22 heading into this matchup, while the Seattle Mariners sit at 31-22 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Seattle injuries news.

The Texas Rangers sit at No. 10 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Seattle Mariners sit at No. 4 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Texas Rangers No. 8-rated offense, averaging 4.72 runs per game, against a Seattle Mariners defense that ranks No. 9 at 4.11 in runs allowed per game. The Texas Rangers have averaged 8.83 hits per game so far, less than Seattle Mariners batters have averaged on the year (9.04 hits per game).

Defensively, Seattle features the No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 at home, scoring 5.3 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Seattle rolled to a 16-13 win against San Diego on Thursday, as W Miley and the Mariners' bats led the team to victory at PETCO Park.

Texas lost in extra innings against the Indians on Wednesday as Cleveland edged them 5-4 at Progressive Field.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games
  • Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing Texas
  • Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games
  • Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Seattle at Texas, Saturday, June 4th