The Seattle Mariners (7-5) host the Texas Rangers (2-9) on Thursday at T-Mobile Park in the finale of their three-game set. The Mariners have won three straight contests while the Rangers have lost five in a row. Can Seattle continue to beat up on a struggling Texas squad? Find out in our Rangers vs Mariners prediction.
Rangers vs Mariners Odds & Analysis
The Mariners opened as the home favorite at -156 on the moneyline with the Rangers at +120 as the road underdog. The total was set at 8.5 runs with the UNDER going 5-2 in the last seven meetings between the clubs. Seattle is 18-2 in the last 20 meetings at home, suggesting that the hosts could be a safe pick for your Rangers vs Mariners prediction.
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Marco Gonzales (1-1) will take the mound for Seattle in his third outing of the season. The lefty went seven innings against the Houston Astros on April 15, scattering four hits and giving up just one earned run to earn the win. Gonzales went 10-6 over 25 starts last season with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.
Texas will counter with Taylor Hearn (0-1), who had a rough go in his last appearance. The southpaw was rocked for six hits and three earned runs over just 3.2 innings of work on April 16 in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Hearn had a record of 6-6 last season through 42 appearances, posting a 4.70 ERA and a 2.09 WHIP.
Rangers Offense Continues To Struggle
The struggles continued for the Rangers on Wednesday as they dropped the second game of the series 4-2 to the Mariners. Texas’ only offense came in the ninth inning as Marcus Semien scored on an error and Adolis Garcia knocked in another run with a sacrifice fly. Dane Dunning threw four innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs in the loss.
Offense has been a major issue of late for the Rangers, who are averaging just 2.25 runs per game over their last four contests. Texas would’ve expected a lot more from Semien, one of their big offseason acquisitions. The infielder is batting just .174 with four RBIs and no home runs after hitting 45 homers and driving in 102 runs with the Toronto Blue Jays last year.
Pitching Continues To Shine For Seattle
It wasn’t a classic performance from the Mariners on Wednesday but they only needed four runs to get the job done against the Rangers. Ty France had two hits and an RBI to lead the offense while starter Logan Gilbert pitched a gem, giving up six hits and no earned runs over 6.2 innings of work.
Seattle has received some excellent pitching this season with a team ERA of just 3.03 – the sixth-best mark in the majors. The Mariners have given up just two runs per game over their last six outings while going 5-1 over that stretch.
Rangers vs Mariners Pick & Insights
Rangers: Keys To Victory
While the Rangers have struggled offensively of late, their pitching may be an even bigger issue as the team’s ERA is 6.19 – the worst mark in the majors. Texas will need a respectable showing from Hearn if it is going to salvage a win in this series.
Mariners: Keys To Victory
Pitching will be the name of the game again for the Mariners, who have thrived in low-scoring contests over the past week. The Mariners have averaged only 4.25 runs per game themselves over their last four outings, so they’ll likely need to limit the Rangers again to win.
Odds Shark’s Computer Rangers vs Mariners Prediction: Mariners ML (-140)
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