In the first of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (50-59) and the Texas Rangers (54-53) at Safeco Field, Hisashi Iwakuma (2-2, 4.47 ERA) and Cole Hamels (6-7, 3.76 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 7 and will air on RTNW and FSSW.
In his last start, Iwakuma pitched 8.2 innings, giving up one run, striking out eight and walking one in a 4-1 loss to the Twins. Nelson Cruz (.324, 59 Rs, 31 HRs, 67 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with two runs and one stolen base. The Rangers were unsuccessful the last time Hamels pitched. He did not do well, pitching 7.2 innings, allowing five runs, striking out six and walking one in a 9-7 loss to the Giants. Mitch Moreland (.287, 36 Rs, 16 HRs, 57 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. Against teams in the AL West, the Mariners have an SU record of 21-21. Seattle has averaged 4.9 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.7. Transitioning to the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 7.9 strikeouts per game.
Against divisional opponents, the Rangers are 17-26 SU. Within their division, Texas's offense has been struggling. 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 5-1. This game will feature Hamels (LHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have a 12-15 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the right-hander Iwakuma. They sport a 36-31 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea
The Mariners are 21-21 against other teams in their division, while the Rangers are 17-26 against their rivals.
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 off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Mariners have a record of 10-6 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 30-18. The Rangers have a 42-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Seattle has earned 408 this season. Texas ranks fifth with 477 runs.
Seattle and Texas both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Seattle sits at 13th with 312 this season and Texas ranks 12th with 315.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 42-32. When the Rangers hit at least one homer, they have a 41-22 record.