Martin Perez (8-10, 4.45 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (79-54) meet Felix Hernandez (9-4, 3.14 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (68-64) in the last of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 8-7, and Texas leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 2:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and will air on FSSW and RTNW.
In his last start, Perez pitched 5.2 innings, giving up six runs and striking out two in a 12-1 loss to the Indians. Adrian Beltre (.290, 70 Rs, 24 HRs, 87 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs. The Mariners were victorious over the White Sox 3-1 the last time Hernandez pitched. He went 7.1 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking two. Robinson Cano (.302, 86 Rs, 30 HRs, 83 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Texas, a +115 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Seattle. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at nine runs. The Rangers are 40-34 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +2,833. They are 1-3 as the underdog over their last 10 games.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Mariners come into this game with a win percentage of .543 when playing as the favorite (38-32) and an overall money line of -165. They have played poorly when rated as favorite as of late. They managed a 1-3 record when playing as the favorite and a SU record of 3-7. The Mariners rank fourth in the AL in road scoring, averaging four runs per game. Seattle is one of the top road hitting teams in the AL with an average of 9.0 hits per contest. Seattle has an eye for the strike zone, ranking fifth in the AL with 3.0 walks per game.
The Rangers have gotten the best of the Mariners in head-to-head matchups this season, going 10-4. This game will feature Hernandez (RHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 59-37 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Perez will take the mound against the Mariners, who have a 20-28 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Rangers sit at 34-19 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 23-29.
Seattle recorded at least two errors for the 16th time this season.
The Rangers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are coming in with an 18-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Rangers have a slight leg up on the Mariners, as the Rangers have won their last four games while the Mariners have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 49-12. The Rangers have a 53-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 11th in runs, Seattle has earned 610 this season. Texas ranks eighth with 621 runs.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 349 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with 404.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 65-36. When the Mariners hit at least one homer, they have a 56-39 record.