In the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (51-59) and the Texas Rangers (54-54) at Safeco Field, Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.07 ERA) and Martin Perez (1-2, 6.64 ERA) take the mound. The Mariners won the last game 4-3 and Seattle leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and will air on RTNW and FSSW.
In his last start, Montgomery pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out six and walking two in a 3-2 loss to the Twins. Nelson Cruz (.323, 60 Rs, 32 HRs, 68 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Rangers were victorious the last time Perez pitched. He pitched well, going 8.1 innings, allowing one run and striking out six in a 2-1 victory over the Giants. Mitch Moreland (.290, 37 Rs, 16 HRs, 57 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Seattle, a -125 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Mariners have a 28-36 record and overall money line at -1,604. They have a 21-21 record SU and are 12-13 as favorite within their division. The most recent 10-game stretch for the Mariners has gone great. Over that span, Seattle is averaging 4.9 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.7. As for the pitching staff, an area where the Mariners are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 7.9 K's per game.
On the other side, the Rangers have a record of 46-42 when they are the underdog and are +1,694 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the underdog as of late. They managed a 5-1 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 7-3. The Rangers seem to play worse against their division opponents. In divisional matchups, Texas has averaged 3.9 runs per game, compared to 4.5 for the duration of the season. Texas's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.3 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.8.
The Mariners have gotten the best of the Rangers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 6-1. The Mariners will take on a left-hander (Perez) in this game and have a 12-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the left-hander Montgomery. They sport an 18-22 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
The Rangers currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 17-27, and the Mariners have a 22-21 record.
Texas has won 42% (20-28) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Seattle has won 44% (17-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mariners have an 18-33 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 31-18. The Rangers have a 42-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 412 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 480.
Seattle and Texas both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Seattle sits at 14th with 314 this season and Texas ranks 13th with 315.
The Mariners are 43-32 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 41-22 when they hit at least one homer.