In the third of a four-game series between the Seattle Mariners (66-73) and the Texas Rangers (73-64) at Safeco Field, Vidal Nuno (0-3, 3.30 ERA) and Martin Perez (2-4, 5.07 ERA) get the ball. The Rangers won the last game 9-6 and Texas leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 9 and will air on RTNW and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Nuno pitched 0.0 inning, allowing zero runs in a 3-2 loss to the Athletics. Nelson Cruz (.310, 77 Rs, 39 HRs, 82 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rangers were unsuccessful the last time Perez pitched. He tossed 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out three and walking four in a 5-2 loss to the Angels. Mitch Moreland (.287, 42 Rs, 19 HRs, 69 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. Against teams in the AL West, the Mariners have an SU record of 31-27. Seattle has averaged 5.4 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.0.
Against divisional foes, the Rangers are 22-31 SU. When it comes to scoring, the Rangers haven't performed as well against teams from the AL West. During those games, they averaged three runs per game, below their 4.4 runs per game season average. Texas has an eye for the strike zone, ranking 3.0 in the AL with fifth walks per game. Switching gears to Texas's pitching staff, they have the fifth-lowest road ERA in the AL at 4.01.
The Mariners have gotten the best of the Rangers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 8-6. The Mariners will take on a left-hander (Perez) in this game and have an 18-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
The Mariners are 31-28 against their divisional rivals, while the Rangers are 23-31 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Texas is 28-31, while Seattle is 20-33.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mariners have a 22-41 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rangers are 18-48. The Mariners have an 18-47 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 13th in home runs, Texas has hit 141 this season. Seattle ranks fifth with 167 home runs.
Seattle and Texas both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Seattle sits at 10th with 8.53 hits per game and Texas ranks seventh with 8.66.
Seattle and Texas both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Seattle sits at 15th with an OPS of .722 and Texas ranks 12th with an OPS of .729.
The Rangers are 36-48 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mariners are 34-59 when they allow at least one homer.