Felix Hernandez (1-0, 3.00 ERA) and Colby Lewis (1-0, 3.38 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (3-7) and the Texas Rangers (5-6) at Safeco Field. The Rangers won the last game 3-1 and Texas leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 18 and can be seen on FSN-SW, ROOT-NW and MLB Netw.
Hernandez is 12-21 with a 4.01 ERA in his appearances against the Rangers, and goes up against a below-average Texas offense which is batting just .211 this season. Nelson Cruz (.342, 7 Rs, 6 HRs, 9 RBIs) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 3 for 4. Lewis is 7-6 with a 3.91 ERA against the Mariners in his career. He takes on a below-average Seattle offense that's batting just .215. Prince Fielder (.419, 3 Rs, 5 RBIs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Rangers, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Seattle, a big -221 favorite, takes on Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at six runs for this matchup. The Mariners have an overall money line of -330 and a record as the favorite of 2-3. Seattle's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 5.2 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, 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 the other locker room, Texas is coming in with an overall money line of -115 and a disappointing record of 3-5 as the underdog. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 3-5 record against teams in their division, and a 4-6 record SU.
The Rangers have the edge in the season series, 1-0. Hernandez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 4-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Texas's last 11 games on the road.
Texas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Texas's last 13 games when playing Seattle.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas's last 7 games when playing on the road against Seattle.
Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Seattle.
Seattle is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Texas.
Texas has won 33% (2-4) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Seattle has won all of its games (2-0) when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Mariners are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rangers have a 3-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
The Mariners and the Rangers are both 2-6 when they are outhit.
Texas ranks in the bottom half of the league at 17th when it comes to home runs, hitting nine this season. Seattle ranks in the top five at third with 14.
Seattle and Texas both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Seattle sits at 11th with 7.30 hits per game and Texas ranks 12th with 7.18.
Ranking 22nd, Texas is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.633). Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .635.
The Rangers are 1-4 when they allow at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 1-6 record.