Cole Hamels (14-4, 2.67 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (78-54) go up against James Paxton (4-5, 3.63 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (68-63) in the second of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 6-3, and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and will air on FSSW and RTNW.
In his last start, Hamels pitched 8.0 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out eight in a 9-0 victory over the Indians. Carlos Beltran (.292, 60 Rs, 25 HRs, 75 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Mariners were unsuccessful against the White Sox 7-6 the last time Paxton pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking one. Robinson Cano (.301, 85 Rs, 30 HRs, 82 RBIs) has been doing well, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
Texas is a -142 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Rangers have a winning record of 38-20 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +2,833. They are 5-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games.
Across the field, the Mariners have a record of 30-31 when they are the underdog and are -165 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 23-28 SU and 11-12 as the underdog. 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 3.0 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL.
The Rangers had the upper hand against the Mariners in their previous 13 games this season, earning a 9-4 record. This game will feature Paxton (LHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 19-17 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the left-hander Hamels. They sport a 20-28 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
The Rangers hold a 33-19 record in matchups against AL West rivals, while the Mariners currently sit at 23-28 in these games.
The Rangers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 13 strikeouts. The Mariners have a record of 5-5 when they are struck out that many times or more.
It looks like the Rangers have a slight leg up on the Mariners, as the Rangers have won their last three games while the Mariners have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 49-12. The Rangers have a 52-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Texas and Seattle both rank in the top 10 of the league in runs. Texas sits at ninth with 613 runs this season and Seattle ranks 10th with 603.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 346 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 399.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 64-36. When the Mariners hit at least one homer, they have a 56-39 record.