Rangers at Mariners 5/16/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions
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Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners
MLB: 3:40 PM EST
May. 16, 2018
Latest Odds : SEA -140 O/U 8.5
The Texas Rangers (16-26, 5th AL West) visit the Seattle Mariners (23-17, 3rd AL West) on Wednesday in an American League West showdown.
The two teams opened the series on Tuesday. Texas was off on Monday but lost two of three over the weekend to Houston, including Sunday’s 6-1 setback leaving the Rangers 9 ½ games out of first place after just 42 games played. Seattle played Minnesota on Monday in a makeup game and won 1-0. The Mariners scored on a throwing error in the eighth inning by the Twins for the only run of the games and James Pazos pitched well in relief despite battling food poisoning. Seattle returned Monday night to open the series at home on Tuesday against the Rangers.
Nomar Mazara leads the Rangers with a .284 batting average, 26 RBIs and 44 hits. Joey Gallo leads the team in home runs with 12. Texas has a team batting average of .229 while opposing hitters are averaging .272 at the plate against Rangers pitching. On Wednesday, the Rangers will send veteran Bartolo Colon to the mound. The right-hander this season is 1-1 with an ERA of 3.32, 29 Ks and 4 BBs.
Dee Gordon leads the Mariners with a .327 batting average and team high 52 hits. Mitch Haniger is the team leader in home runs with 10 and RBIs with 30. Seattle has a team batting average of .259, while opposing hitters are averaging .254 at the plate against Mariners pitching. The Mariners have not yet announced a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s game.
Recent Betting Trends:
Texas is 1-5 in its last 6 games against an opponent with a winning record
The UNDER has cashed in 3 of the last 4 Rangers games
Seattle has won just 1 of its last 6 games against a right-hander
The OVER has cashed in 8 of the last 10 Mariners games against a right-handed starter
Free Betting Pick: Seattle Mariners -140
Seattle has won 7 of its last 10 against a starter that has a 1.15 WHIP or lower and 8 of its last 11 against teams with a .400 record or lower. Mariners are clearly the better team and win again today. Final Score Prediction, Seattle Mariners win 7-4.