Taijuan Walker (10-7, 4.51 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (66-72) meet Cole Hamels (8-8, 3.70 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (72-64) in the second of a four-game division series at Safeco Field. The Rangers won the last game 3-0 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and will air on RTNW and FSSW.
In his last start, Walker pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out three and walking three in an 8-3 loss to the Astros. Nelson Cruz (.310, 77 Rs, 39 HRs, 82 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rangers were unsuccessful the last time Hamels pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 4-3 loss to the Padres. Rougned Odor (.275, 40 Rs, 11 HRs, 45 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Seattle is a +116 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the underdog, the Mariners have a 27-30 record and overall money line at -1,175. They have a 31-26 record SU and are 13-11 as the underdog within their division. Seattle has averaged 5.6 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.0. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking fifth in the AL with an average of 3.0 walks per game.
On the other side, the Rangers have a record of 16-12 when they are favored and are +2,348 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, they were unbeaten as the favorite with a perfect 3-0 record and 7-3 SU. They sport the fifth-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.4 runs per game. Switching gears to Texas's pitching staff, they have the fifth-lowest road ERA in the AL at 4.07.
The Mariners have gotten the best of the Rangers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 8-5. The Mariners will take on a left-hander (Hamels) in this game and have an 18-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the right-hander Walker. They sport a 48-39 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex, O/U - Over
The Mariners are 31-27 against their divisional rivals, while the Rangers are 22-31 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Texas is 27-31, while Seattle is 20-32.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mariners have a 22-40 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 41-19. The Rangers have a 53-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Seattle has earned 549 this season. Texas ranks 10th with 594 runs.
Seattle and Texas both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Seattle sits at 12th with 405 this season and Texas ranks 14th with 401.
The Mariners are 56-41 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 53-26 when they hit at least one homer.