The Seattle Mariners look to avoid a third straight loss when they take on the host Texas Rangers in the first of a three-game weekend series between American League West rivals on Friday night. The series opener is scheduled for an 8:05 p.m. ET first pitch at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Seattle dropped the final two games of a series with the Houston Astros, including an 11-4 setback on Wednesday. The Mariners are 55-48 and in third place in the AL West, trailing the second-place Oakland Athletics by 2½ games and leading the fourth-place Los Angeles Angels by 3½ games.
Texas is coming off a split of a two-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, dropping the series finale 3-2 on Wednesday. The Rangers are 36-66 and in last place in the AL West, trailing the Angels by 15 games.
The MLB odds for this contest have the Mariners with a moneyline of -152, while the Rangers are listed at +137. The over/under for the series opener has been set at 7½ runs.
Making an Effort
The Mariners made a few minor deals around the trade deadline, but not for any big names. Seattle is hoping its young players can develop more and turn into a contending team.
One of those young players will be on the mound on Friday, with 24-year-old Logan Gilbert making his 13th start in the majors. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.81 ERA, striking out 67 and walking 13 over 56.2 innings.
Gilbert has started once against the Rangers, going 5.2 innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits while taking a no-decision. He’s 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA in four July starts, taking a no-decision in his last start against Oakland on Saturday when he went 2.2 innings and gave up three runs on five hits.
The punch in Seattle’s lineup this season has come from outfielder Mitch Haniger, who leads the team with 25 home runs and 62 RBIs. Haniger is batting .258 with 18 doubles, a triple and 70 runs scored.
Shortstop J.P. Crawford is batting .270 with 23 doubles and five home runs. He has scored 53 runs and driven in 31. Third baseman Kyle Seager has added 21 home runs and 61 RBIs.
The Rangers dealt away slugger Joey Gallo and right-hander Kyle Gibson, among others, at the trade deadline, getting back prospects to build for the future. The team is hoping the new pieces can help turn the team around very soon.
“We traded a very good baseball player and a really good person,” Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said after the Gallo deal. “But that’s the thing when we talk about rebuilding: It can’t be at half-measures. I think that if you’re going to embrace that, you have to be realistic about what the options are and that’s why it was very clear to us it was, it was an extension or a trade. Both were strong considerations and both got a lot of time internally.”
Texas will have left-hander Kolby Allard on the mound for the series opener. Allard is 2-8 with a 4.71 ERA, striking out 67 and walking 15 in 72.2 innings over 10 starts and 20 appearances.
Allard has started once and appeared twice against Seattle this season, going 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA over 5.1 innings. The 23-year-old’s last outing was a start against Houston on July 23, as he went four innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits, including a home run, while striking out five and walking one.
With Gallo gone, outfielder Adolis Garcia will be looked to as the team’s top power hitter. Garcia leads the team with 62 RBIs, adding 11 doubles, two triples, 22 home runs and 45 runs scored.
The Mariners have won seven of the first 10 meetings this season, though the Rangers have a 2-1 edge in games playing in Arlington. Texas is 23-26 at home while the Mariners are 22-25 on the road.
Tyler Anderson (5-8, 4.35 ERA) is set to start for the Mariners on Saturday, followed by Marco Gonzales (3-5, 5.48) in the series finale. Texas has yet to name a starter for the second game of the series but has Mike Foltynewicz (2-10, 6.11) slated to pitch on Sunday.
Looking at the MLB series prices, the Mariners are favored with a moneyline of -145, while the Rangers are listed at +115.
Mariners Win Opener
The Mariners have something to play for while the Rangers are trying to figure out who is still around after the trade deadline. Look for Seattle to get off to a good start in the series with a win on Friday night.
When making your MLB betting picks, take Seattle to win on the road.