In the first of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (77-54) and the Seattle Mariners (68-62) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Yu Darvish (4-3, 2.91 ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (14-9, 3.81 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and will air on FSSW, RTNW and ESPN.
In his last start, Darvish pitched 6.0 innings, giving up five runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking five in a 6-5 victory over the Reds. Carlos Beltran (.288, 58 Rs, 24 HRs, 73 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Mariners were unsuccessful against the Yankees 5-0 the last time Iwakuma pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out three and walking two. Robinson Cano (.298, 85 Rs, 30 HRs, 82 RBIs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. Against teams in the AL West, the Rangers have a SU record of 32-19.
Against divisional rivals, the Mariners are 23-27 SU. They sport the third-ranked offense in the AL, averaging four runs per game. Seattle is one of the top road hitting teams in the AL with an average of 9.1 hits per contest. The Mariners average 3.1 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL.
The Rangers have mostly come out on top against the Mariners in their previous 12 games this season, earning an 8-4 record. The Rangers will take on a right-hander (Iwakuma) in this game and have a 58-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the right-hander Darvish. They sport a 48-34 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Rangers sit at 32-19 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 23-27.
After a weak showing last week where they got in five hits, the Rangers need to step it up. The Mariners have a record of 17-7 when opponents get five hits or less.
It looks like the Rangers have a slight leg up on the Mariners, as the Rangers have won their last two games while the Mariners have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 49-12. The Rangers have a 51-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Texas and Seattle both rank in the top 10 of the league in runs. Texas sits at ninth with 607 runs this season and Seattle ranks 10th with 600.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 344 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with 396.
The Rangers are 63-36 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Mariners are 56-39 when they hit at least one homer.