Yovani Gallardo (2-2, 3.92 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (0-2, 10.66 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (7-11) and the Seattle Mariners (7-11) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 27 and can be seen on ROOT-NW and FSN-SW.
Gallardo pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs (two unearned), striking out six and walking one in an 8-5 defeat to the Diamondbacks. Mitch Moreland (.310, 2 Rs, 1 HR, 9 RBIs) had a good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two RBIs. When pitching against the Rangers, Walker is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and one strike out. Seth Smith (.263, 6 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Texas is a narrow -113 favorite at home against Seattle. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. The Rangers have an overall money line of -335 and a record as the favorite of 1-1. Within its division, Texas has a 1-1 record as favorite and a 5-10 record SU. Texas is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks at home, earning an average of 3.7 per game.
As for their opponent, Seattle is coming in with an overall money line of -567 and a disappointing record of 1-3 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-1 record when playing as the underdog.
The Mariners lead the season series, 2-1. The Rangers have a 5-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Walker takes the mound. Gallardo (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 6-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Mariners hold a split 6-6 record against AL West teams, but the Rangers are 6-10 in such matchups.
The Rangers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are coming in with a 1-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rangers are 3-10. The Mariners have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Texas has hit 13 this season. Seattle ranks fifth with 23 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Texas is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.06 per game. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.18.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.630). Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .693.
When the Mariners allow at least one home run, they are 3-8. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 2-8 record.