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Texas Looks to Stay Hot in Rubber Match vs Seattle

Nick Solak #15 of the Texas Rangers hits a single against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Globe Life Field on August 11, 2020 in Arlington, Texas.

The Texas Rangers have gone 4-1 over their last five games since starting the season with a 3-8 record through their first 11. The Rangers host the Seattle Mariners in the final game of a three-game series Wednesday night in Arlington.

Seattle Mariners vs Texas Rangers
  • Date/Time: August 12, 9:05 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Globe Life Field
  • TV Coverage: ESPN+
  • Opening Odds: Texas -125 | O/U 9 (Line History)
  • Mariners vs Rangers Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The betting odds on this game have remained steady with the Rangers as -125 home favorites, the Mariners as +115 underdogs, and the total set at 9 runs. Texas lost the first game of this series to the Mariners as a -180 favorite but bounced back with a win in Game 2 as -130 chalk.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Taijuan Walker has had three starts so far in 2020, sandwiching a brilliant outing against the Oakland Athletics – he gave up only one hit and no runs with eight strikeouts in seven innings – between two poor starts against the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels. The 27-year-old has a 5.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in his return to Seattle this season after making only four starts in his last two seasons in Arizona due to an injury that required Tommy John surgery.

Jordan Lyles was brilliant to the tune of a 7-1 record with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 11 starts with the Milwaukee Brewers last season after being acquired at the trade deadline. This season he’s back to putting up numbers similar to what he did before that run with a 5.56 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 11.1 innings.

Seattle News & Notes

With a team ERA ranking 28th in the major leagues at 5.60, the pitching staff and bullpen aren’t leaving Seattle’s offense much room for error in 2020. The Mariners are 7-1 in games in which they score at least five runs and 0-11 in games in which they score four runs or less.

Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager are doing most of the heavy lifting on offense for Seattle. The 25-year-old Lewis is enjoying a breakout season with 13 runs, four home runs, 13 RBIs and a .357 batting average while the veteran Seager is sporting a .309 batting average with 11 runs, three home runs and a team-leading 18 RBIs. These two have knocked in 39.7 percent of Seattle’s 74 runs this season.

Texas News & Notes

Texas brought in Corey Kluber this offseason to help shore up its pitching staff. Kluber lasted only one inning in his Rangers debut before hitting the 45-day injured list with a torn muscle in his shoulder. But despite this key injury to the starting rotation, Texas starters have compiled a respectable 3.48 ERA, which ranks ninth in the majors among starting staffs and third-best in the American League.

It is Texas’s offense that has been the team’s biggest problem this season, ranking 28th in MLB by averaging only 3.44 runs per game. Even across the Rangers’ current 4-1 hot streak, the offense has still produced only 3.8 runs per game.

Betting Pick: Mariners +115

Taijuan Walker’s two bad starts this season have come against two of the league’s best offenses in the Astros and Angels. Against this Rangers lineup, Walker should be able to do enough to put the Mariners in position to pull off a road upset.

Shark Bites
  • Seattle is 3-8 in its last 11 games.
  • Texas is 11-5 in its last 16 home games vs Seattle.
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Texas’s last 12 games.