After dropping six straight games, the Seattle Mariners bounced back in a major way and won their three-game series against the first-place Oakland Athletics. On the other hand, the Texas Rangers had all their momentum from their sweep of the Houston Astros squashed as they were swept in a two-game series with the Los Angeles Angels. Even with their 23-27 record, the Mariners are in third place of the AL West, while the Rangers sit in last place with a 22-29 record.
Looking to place a bet on this division rivalry, the MLB betting odds are set, and the Mariners odds are -125, and the Rangers -105.
It hasn’t been the month to remember for Seattle due to two long losing streaks. They were one of the surprise teams to start the year and held a division lead, but they began to fall off and were left behind by the A’s and Astros. The series in Oakland was promising, but they need to put it together for a long stretch.
The starting matchup for the series opener Thursday will be Texas’ Kolby Allard taking on Seattle’s Chris Flexen. Flexen has an interesting pitching line as he has a 4-2 record, but his ERA is up to 5.09. Against the San Diego Padres on May 21, Flexen gave up eight runs on 10 hits in 1.2 innings. Allard only has 20 innings of work, but he has been serviceable for the Rangers, with a 1-0 record, 3.15 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.25.
Game two will see starters who have similar numbers, but not in a good way. Jordan Lyles of the Rangers has a 5.94 ERA, and a 1.54 WHIP, and the Mariners’ Justus Sheffield comes in with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. With these below-average offenses, we could be in store for a high-scoring ballgame.
After sweeping the Astros, Texas lost the two-game series against the Angels in Anaheim. The Astros’ sweep was the outlier, the Rangers have lost 11 of 15 games. This also includes an 0-6 road trip, the worst Texas road trip since 1991.
For the Rangers to be successful they need their big bats to show up, and Adolis Garcia has been the biggest. His 16 home runs lead baseball, and his 41 RBIs are tied for third. Others in the lineup have seen their fair share of struggles like Joey Gallo, who is batting .209 and has only driven in 23 runs.
Mike Foltynewicz will face Justin Dunn in game three and both pitchers will be looking to get their second win. Seattle’s Dunn brings in a 3.40 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP, while Foltynewicz has a 4.53 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.
In the series finale, Texas will start Hyeon-Jong Yang, and Seattle will start Yusei Kikuchi. Yang has had limited time on the mound and has seen limited success, in his 24.2 IP, Yang has a 5.47 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Kikuchi has struggled with the long ball, giving up 10, which would explain the 1.09 WHIP, but the 4.02 ERA.
Mariners Have Last Laugh
Even with a home series win against the Astros, Texas’ road record is still shaky. So, let’s bet on the home side, especially after their victory against Oakland. The Mariners have talent, but it has been a struggle for all of them to perform well in one game.
Both teams have seen the same problems this year, but for our pick in the MLB sportsbook, we are taking the Mariners -125 to win the series.