Derek Holland (4-4, 4.78 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (33-22) go up against Hisashi Iwakuma (4-4, 4.41 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (31-24) in the last of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 10-4, and Texas leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 5 and will air on FSSW and RTNW.
In his last start, Holland pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out two and walking two in a 9-2 victory over the Indians. Ian Desmond (.310, 41 Rs, 7 HRs, 34 RBIs, 11 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI. The Mariners were victorious over the Padres 16-4 the last time Iwakuma pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing four runs and striking out five. Robinson Cano (.290, 41 Rs, 16 HRs, 48 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Mariners -120 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 9.5 at the moment.
The Rangers have mostly come out on top against the Mariners in their previous eight games this season, earning a 5-3 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Rangers sit at 17-10 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 14-16.
The Rangers are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Mariners have a 1-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
It looks like the Rangers have a slight leg up on the Mariners, as the Rangers have won their last two games while the Mariners have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 25-5. The Rangers have a 20-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh in runs, Texas has earned 267 this season. Seattle ranks fourth with 285 runs.
Ranking 25th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 146 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 181.
The Rangers are 26-13 when they hit at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 27-16 record.