In the second of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (32-22) and the Seattle Mariners (31-23) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Martin Perez (3-4, 3.12 ERA) and Nathan Karns (5-1, 3.43 ERA) take the mound. The Rangers won the last game 7-3, and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 4 and will air on FSSW and RTNW.
In his last start, Perez pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking one in a 6-2 victory over the Pirates. Nomar Mazara (.305, 24 Rs, 9 HRs, 25 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs and one RBI. The Mariners were victorious over the Padres 9-3 the last time Karns pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking one. Kyle Seager (.299, 34 Rs, 10 HRs, 39 RBIs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Mariners -110 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
The Rangers have gotten the best of the Mariners in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-3.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Rangers hold a 16-10 record in matchups against AL West rivals, while the Mariners currently sit at 14-15 in these games.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Mariners have a 6-8 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Mariners are 5-17. The Rangers have a 10-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Seattle tops the league in home runs this season with 80. Texas ranks in the bottom half with 58.
Ranking 12th, Texas is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.83 per game. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 9.04.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.739). Seattle ranks in the top five with an OPS of .780.
The Mariners are 20-18 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rangers are 19-20 when they allow at least one homer.