Mariners at Rangers 9/21/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions
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Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers
MLB: 8:05 PM EST
Sep. 21, 2018
Latest Odds : SEA -125 O/U 10.5
On Friday, the Seattle Mariners open a three-game series on the road against the Texas Rangers. The Mariners are off Thursday and defeated the Houston Astros on Wednesday 9-0. Robinson Cano knocked in three runs and three Seattle players hit home runs while seven Mariners pitchers combined to five hit the Astros.
Texas is off Thursday and lost its fourth straight on Wednesday falling to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3. In the loss, Adrian Beltre hit career home run No. 475 for the Rangers tying the slugger with Willie Stargell and Stan Musial for 30th on the all-time home run list. The Rangers were shutout in the first two games of the series scoring just three runs in all during the three games.
Jean Segura is leading Seattle with a .306 batting average and a team high 169 hits. Nelson Cruz is the Seattle leader in home runs with 36 and in RBIs with 90. Seattle has a team batting average of .254, while opposing hitters are averaging .251 at the plate against Mariners pitching. On Friday, the Rays will send Erasmo Ramirez to the mound. The right-hander this season is 2-3 with an ERA of 5.65, 31 Ks and 10 BBs.
Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with a .269 batting average and has a team high 144 hits. Joey Gallo has the Rangers’ lead in home runs with 37 and RBIs with 87. Texas has a team batting average of .241 while opposing hitters are averaging .271 at the plate against Rangers pitching. On Friday, the Rangers will send Connor Sadzeck to the mound. The right-hander this season is 0-0 with an ERA of 0.00, 5 Ks and 5 BBs.
Recent Betting Trends:
Seattle has won 5 of its last 7 overall
The UNDER has cashed in 9 of the Mariners last 13 overall
Texas has lost each of its last 4 overall
The OVER has cashed in 12 of the Rangers last 16 following a day off
Free Betting Pick: Over 10.5 Runs
Seattle enters this series playing much better than Texas. The Mariners have won 5 of the last 7, while Texas has lost four straight and was just swept in a three-game series by Tampa Bay. In addition, the Rangers have lost 6 of the last 7 against teams from the American League West. Final Score Prediction, Seattle Mariners win high scoring game 7-5.