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Rangers Have Been Making a Splash in Series Openers

It seems most attention in the baseball world right now is directed toward the Dodgers and Indians as the two World Series-contending clubs look to end and extend respective streaks. There are other games still going on, though, and there’s still a lot to be decided in the AL wild-card race. The Rangers and Mariners are both directly in the thick of things in that conversation and they’ll begin a four-game series this evening in Arlington.

  • The Rangers are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when opening a series.
  • The Mariners are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
  • The Mariners are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games on the road against the Rangers.

Texas will close as a small betting favorite tonight with Cole Hamels (9-3, 4.03 ERA) taking the mound but the club will have to overcome a two-game losing streak. Hamels has been pitching well on home turf this season and has actually yet to lose a decision at Globe Life Park in 2017.

The Rangers have won three straight home games when Hamels has taken to the starting bump, providing the southpaw with an average of 9.33 runs of support in that span.

Fellow lefty Ariel Miranda (8-6, 4.72 ERA) is set to make the start for the Mariners looking to break his team’s two-game losing streak in games he’s started. He pitched well in his last outing, limiting the Astros to just one run over six innings of work. Miranda didn’t give up a hit in the contest but he did issue six free passes.

Consistency and walks (59 BB’s in 28 starts) have been a big problem for the 28-year-old Cuban rookie all year and he was burned by the Rangers when he faced them earlier this season. If he doesn’t throw strikes early in counts this evening, he’ll be in trouble against the best home run-hitting lineup in baseball.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those betting on the visitors in this one found the Seattle Mariners listed as underdogs of 136 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 10; check for odds updates at MyBookie.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.3-3.1 win for the Mariners on Monday. 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 bring a 71-71 record to the battle against the 71-72 Mariners. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Seattle injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 14 (Texas Rangers) and the No. 21 (Seattle Mariners) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Texas Rangers' No. 4-ranked scoring average of 5.18 runs per game, against a Seattle Mariners offense rated No. 19 and scoring 4.62 runs per game. The Rangers have averaged 8.36 hits per game to date this season, less than the Mariners hitters have managed (8.86 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Texas has the No. 20-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Mariners own the No. 14 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Seattle didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-3 to Los Angeles on Sunday at Safeco Field.

Texas fell 16-7 to New York on Sunday at Globe Life Park.

Betting Trends
  • Seattle is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Seattle is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 6 games
  • Seattle is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games at home
  • Texas is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing Seattle
  • Texas is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing at home against Seattle

Next Betting Matchups

Seattle at Texas, Tuesday, September 12