The baseball betting season is heading into the home stretch, and there are all sorts of great races still hanging in the balance. One of the best can be found over in the American League, where the battle for the two Wild Card places is really starting to heat up. The Texas Rangers have hauled themselves into contention, and will look to continue applying pressure when they face the Seattle Mariners at home on Tuesday as part of a 3-game series.
A Quick Insight on Seattle at Texas MLB Betting Odds and Free Picks
Date/Time: August 18, 6:05pm
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
TV: Root Sports
Radio: 710 ESPN Opening MLB betting Odds: Texas -134
The Rangers had a rough go of things to start last week, but they finished incredibly strong, and will be coming into this series on a 4-game winning streak. They flashed some real power in their 3 game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend, scoring 22 runs in the series. That was a crucial win for them, as the Rays are also hanging around in the Wild Card race. The news might get even better for the Rangers, as it looks as though Derek Holland might be able to return to the mound this week, with reports suggesting that he might even get the start in the final game of this series. That would almost certainly give Texas a real boost as they continue to go after a playoff spot. Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-4, 4.22 ERA) has not been pitching very well recently, and will need to improve if he wants to get back to winning.
The only thing that the Seattle Mariners (55-63) can hope to achieve the rest of the way is to play the role of the spoiler. It’s hard to see how they are going to be able to manage that if they keep giving away runs at their current rate. They lost 2 of 3 to the struggling Boston Red Sox over the weekend, and gave up a total of 45 runs over the 3 games. That performance was in stark contrast to the no-hitter that Hisashi Iwakuma pitched last Wednesday night against the Orioles. The Mariners are going to have to find a way to get that sort of pitching if they have any hope of hanging in with the high-powered offense of the Rangers. The good news for Seattle is that it will be Iwakuma (4-2, 3.86 ERA) who will get the start in this one. Whether or not he can recapture the magic of last week remains to be seen.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle’s last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas’s last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle
- Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
Iwakuma has been outstanding in his last 3 starts, and he was able to pick up the win against the Rangers back at the start of the month. I’m just not sure that he can do it again, though, as the Rangers are playing some great ball right now.