Wandy Rodriguez (0-0, 1.80 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (7-13) go up against Felix Hernandez (3-0, 1.61 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (9-11) in the last of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Mariners won the last game 2-1 and Seattle leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 29 and will air on ROOT-NW and FSN-SW.
In his last start, Rodriguez pitched 5.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking three in a 3-2 loss to the Angels. Prince Fielder (.350, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 10 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his career against the Rangers, Hernandez is 13-21 with a 3.95 ERA. He meets a struggling Texas offense that's batting just .212. Nelson Cruz (.329, 12 Rs, 9 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Mariners, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Texas is a +168 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Rangers perform poorly as an underdog with a 6-10 record and have an overall money line of -305. They have not performed well against their division, earning an SU record of 6-11 and a 5-9 record when they were the underdog.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Mariners come into this game with a win percentage of .429 when playing as the favorite (6-8) and an overall money line of -612. Against divisional foes, they are 7-6 SU and 5-5 as the favorite.
In their previous five games this season, the Mariners have a 4-1 record. The Rangers will take on a right-hander (Hernandez) in this game and have a 5-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Rangers currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 6-12, and the Mariners have an 8-6 record.
Texas has won 25% (3-9) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Seattle has won all of its games (5-0) when taking a late lead.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have a 1-3 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rangers are 3-10. The Mariners have a 4-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks near the bottom of the league at 22nd when it comes to home runs, hitting 13 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 24.
Ranking 15th, Texas is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.21 per game. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 7.89.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.619). Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .679.
When the Mariners allow at least one home run, they are 3-8. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 2-9 record.