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Mariners Invade Rangers in Early AL West Showdown

Last season, the American League West was one of the most interesting divisions in MLB, with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers (along with the Houston Astros) battling for the top spot. This will be the first series between these two teams this season, with the defending World Series champion Rangers getting to host.

Given how close the AL West was last season, this could be a crucial opening series for Seattle and Texas. The Mariners are the hotter team, having won their last two series, while the Rangers just lost one to the Atlanta Braves.

Mariners Invade Rangers in Early AL West Showdown
Mariners Invade Rangers in Early AL West Showdown

This will be an exciting series from the start, not just because these teams are in a potential division race but also because of the styles of play. The Mariners have relied on their pitching at the start of the season, with the eight-best ERA (3.48). On the other hand, the Rangers have scored 114 runs and are tied for eighth most in the majors.


Mariners vs Rangers Game Information

  • Game: Mariners (11-11) vs. Rangers (12-11)
  • Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas
  • Day/Time: April 23 (8:05 p.m. ET), April 24 (8:05 p.m. ET), April 25 (2:35 p.m. ET)
  • Mariners vs Rangers Live Stream: MLB.tv


Game 1: Offense Lifts Rangers in Opener

The first game of this series highlights the difference between the Mariners’ and Rangers’ pitching staffs. Seattle’s Logan Gilbert has looked good on the mound while the Rangers’ Dane Dunning has been average.

Outside of a start on April 5, Gilbert has looked great, allowing one run in each of his three other starts. That totals 21.1 innings, allowing three runs and striking out 22 batters. On the other hand, Dunning allowed three runs in each of his first three starts. His first solid outing of the season was in this last, where he allowed one earned run over five innings.

While Gilbert will give the Rangers lineup some trouble, he did allow three home runs on April 5 and that could change the betting perspective. Adolis Garcia is one of the best power hitters in the league with six homers this season and he could clip Gilbert to help the Rangers get the win.



Game 2: Miller Time for Mariners

In the second game of this series, it looks like the pitching matchup is leaning even more toward the Mariners with Bryce Miller on the mound. While he started the season off a bit rocky, Miller has gotten into a rhythm. In April, he had a 0.47 ERA over 19.1 innings, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned, with 18 strikeouts.

However, the Rangers’ projected starter will be Jon Gray. He has had a weird start to the season, only going 7.1 innings through his first two appearances while clearly struggling. Things would only get stranger when Gray’s last appearance was coming out of the bullpen on April 20 against the Braves, where he did look good, pitching 1.2 clean innings with four strikeouts. Still, with how shakey Gray has been, Miller and the Mariners have the upper hand in the second game of this series.


Game 3: Rangers Can Always Put Up Runs

Things shift in this third game toward the Rangers. Neither team will have a pitcher with the best ERA to start the series’ third and final game. The Mariners will start Luis Castillo, who has a 4.40 ERA and a 1-4 record. The Rangers will counter with Andrew Heaney, who has a 6.35 ERA and is 0-2.

The Rangers have the hotter lineup, which gives them a better chance of taking advantage of pitchers that don’t have their best stuff. Castillo could be figuring things out, throwing a seven-inning shutout with nine strikeouts during his last start. However, he did give up 15 runs, 14 of which were earned, in his first four starts.


Series Prediction: Rangers 2-1

Given the team differences, this is a tough series to predict. The Mariners have the pitching advantage while the Rangers can put up runs. If the Mariners starting pitching dominates, the Rangers arms won’t be able to keep the series close. However, given that the Mariners struggle with giving up HRs (24 through the first 22 games), the Rangers should have some offensive success.



Questions Of The Day


Which team has the best chance of winning this series?

The Rangers’ lineup can match the Mariners’ pitching, and this series will be played in Texas, which should lead to the home team winning it.

How important is the Mariners pitching?

The Mariners could have three of their best pitchers on the mound for this series, and if they live up to that, this could be a series win for the road team.

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