Hisashi Iwakuma (4-5, 4.13 ERA) and Derek Holland (5-4, 4.53 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (33-27) and the Texas Rangers (37-23) at Safeco Field. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 10 and can be seen on FSSW and RTNW.
Iwakuma pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three, striking out seven and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Rangers. Robinson Cano (.298, 46 Rs, 18 HRs, 50 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs. Holland went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 3-2 win over the Mariners in his last outing. Nomar Mazara (.320, 27 Rs, 10 HRs, 28 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The Mariners are a -150 favorite and the total is 7.5.
Pick - Tex
The Rangers sit at 21-11 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 14-17.
The Seattle batters brought in a solid 13 hits last game. Texas has a record of 2-6 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Mariners are 5-19. The Rangers have a 10-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Seattle ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs this season with 89. Texas ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 65.
Ranking 25th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 152 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with 192.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 29-18, well-matched with the Rangers who are 29-13 when hitting one or more homers.