Ross Detwiler (0-2, 10.95 ERA) and J.A. Happ (1-1, 2.61 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (7-12) and the Seattle Mariners (8-11) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Mariners won the last game 3-1 and Seattle leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 28 and can be seen on ROOT-NW and FSN-SW.
Detwiler pitched 2.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs and walking one in an 11-10 defeat to the Mariners. Prince Fielder (.355, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 10 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Happ is 1-2 with a 4.60 ERA when pitching against the Rangers. He is up against a below-average Texas offense which is hitting just .213 this season. Nelson Cruz (.307, 11 Rs, 9 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Seattle takes on Texas as a -125 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Rangers have recorded an overall money line of -193 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 6-10. Texas has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 5-9 and 6-10 as the underdog and SU respectively. Texas is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks at home, earning an average of 3.7 per game.
In games where it is the favorite, Seattle has a 6-8 record and an overall money line of -714. They are 5-5 as the favorite against AL West rivals, and 6-6 SU.
The Mariners lead the season series, 3-1. The Rangers have a 2-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Happ takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Rangers are struggling at 6-11 in their division, while the Mariners are 7-6.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rangers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Mariners have a 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs 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 sixth with 23.
Ranking 15th, Texas is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.17 per game. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.06.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.625). Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .679.
The Mariners are 3-8 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rangers are 2-8 when they allow at least one homer.