James Paxton (0-1, 5.11 ERA) and Ross Detwiler (0-2, 9.00 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (4-7) and the Texas Rangers (5-7) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 3-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 19 and can be seen on FSN-SW and ROOT-NW.
Paxton is 1-1 with a 0.71 ERA in his appearances against the Rangers, and goes up against a below-average Texas offense which is batting just .201 this season. Nelson Cruz (.333, 7 Rs, 6 HRs, 9 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Detwiler went 5.2 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking four in a 6-3 defeat to the Angels in his most recent start. Mitch Moreland (.259, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
Seattle is a -166 favorite against Texas and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Mariners have recorded an overall money line of -489 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 2-4. Seattle has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 2-3 and 3-4 as the favorite and SU respectively. Seattle's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 5.2 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to Safeco Field have been stifled by the Mariners, who have a team ERA of only 2.25 at home. The Mariners are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 6.5 hits per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 4-5 record and an overall money line of +34. They are 4-5 as the underdog against AL West foes, and 5-6 SU.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Mariners are an even 4-4 against the division, while the Rangers sit at 5-7.
The Mariners are 2-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rangers are 0-1 in such matchups.
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 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 2-1. The Rangers have a 3-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 36 this season. Texas ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 41.
Ranking 26th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 23 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 15th with 33.
The Mariners are 4-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 3-1 when they hit at least one homer.