Yu Darvish (1-0, 1.80 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (31-22) meet Taijuan Walker (2-5, 3.31 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (31-22) in the first of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 3 and will air on FSSW and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Darvish pitched 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-2 victory over the Pirates. Nomar Mazara (.299, 22 Rs, 9 HRs, 24 RBIs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday. The Mariners were unsuccessful against the Twins 5-4 the last time Walker pitched. He went 4.1 innings, giving up five runs, striking out three and walking two. Robinson Cano (.293, 40 Rs, 16 HRs, 48 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Mariners, going 2 for 4 yesterday with three runs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Rangers -135 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Mariners are an even 14-14 against the division, while the Rangers sit at 15-10.
The Rangers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are coming in with a 12-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Mariners are 5-16. The Rangers have a 10-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Seattle has hit 80 this season. Texas ranks 17th with 56 home runs.
Texas and Seattle both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Texas sits at 10th with 8.83 hits per game and Seattle ranks ninth with 8.90.
Ranking 16th, Texas is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.732). Seattle ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .783.
When the Mariners allow at least one home run, they are 20-17. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 19-20 record.