Seattle on Three-Game Win Streak
The Seattle Mariners go for a fourth straight win when they take on the host Texas Rangers in the second of a three-game weekend series between division rivals on Saturday night. Seattle took the series opener on Friday night and is atop the AL Wild Card standings, a half-game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays. Texas has dropped two in a row and is in third place in the AL West, 12 games behind the second-place Mariners.
Rodriguez Returns To Lineup In Mariners’ Win
The Seattle Mariners got rookie Julio Rodriguez back in their lineup on Friday night after he’d sat out for 11 games with a wrist injury. Rodriguez didn’t take long to make an impact, recording two hits and driving in a pair of runs in the Mariners’ series-opening win against the Texas Rangers.
“I just felt good,” Rodriguez said after Friday’s win. “I just went out there and competed. I wasn’t worried about anything.”
The 21-year-old outfielder is batting .274, hitting 19 doubles, two triples and 18 home runs, driving in 59 runs and scoring 55 times. He’s among the contenders for American League Rookie of the Year, which would give Seattle a second winner in the last three seasons (Kyle Lewis, 2020).
Third baseman Eugenio Suarez had an RBI double in the contest for Seattle.
Left-hander Marco Gonzales is 7-11 with a 3.98 ERA, striking out 72 over 124⅓ innings. This will be his fifth start of the season against the Rangers. He’s gone 1-1 with a 4.38 ERA in the first four meetings, striking out 20 in 24⅔ innings.
Rangers Unable To Muster Much Offense
The Texas Rangers managed just two runs in their series-opening loss to the Seattle Mariners despite having nine hits. Texas was 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
Outfielder Adolis Garcia was 2-for-4, extending his current hit streak to nine games.
Catcher Jonah Heim drove in a run with a single, ending an 0-for-17 slump.
Texas will turn to right-hander Dane Dunning for the start. Dunning is 2-6 with a 4.04 ERA in 21 starts, striking out 99 in 113⅔ innings. He’s coming off an outstanding effort in his last start, throwing seven scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 6, allowing just one hit while striking out six and walking one.
Mariners vs Rangers Head-To-Head
The Seattle Mariners have dominated the season series, winning 12 of the first 14 meetings. Seattle has had no trouble playing at Globe Life Field, going 7-1.
The Mariners have had the Rangers’ number for the past three seasons, going 33-10 against their division rival since the start of the 2020 campaign. The MLB lines for Saturday’s contest are anticipating a close contest, with Texas getting the slight advantage to get the win.
Mariners vs Rangers Game Information
- Game: Mariners (62-52) vs Rangers (49-63)
- Location: Globe Life Field
- Day/Time: Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Mariners vs Rangers Betting Lines
|-101||8½ -105o||4½ -145u|
|Rangers||-115||8½ -115u||3½ +115u|
Mariners vs Rangers Prediction
The Seattle Mariners are on a roll and have been beating the Texas Rangers nearly every time the teams have played this season, but having Dunning on the mound might keep things close. Still, even with good pitching, the Rangers need some offense, and they won’t have enough to top the hot Mariners.
When doing your MLB betting, take Seattle to pick up the road win.