It’s the continuation of a series of AL West teams on the diamond down in the Lone Star State. The Seattle Mariners are on the road as they play the middle game of a three-game set with the Texas Rangers Saturday night. Seattle took the rubber game of their three-game home set with the Yankees as they rallied for a 4-3 victory Wednesday afternoon in their most recent contest. Texas lost the rubber game of their three-game road set with the Astros as they were beaten 7-3 in the series finale Thursday afternoon. This article was published prior to the conclusion of the opening game of the series Friday night at Globe Life Field.
Seattle Mariners Looking to Maintain Spot in Crowded Playoff FieldSeattle won their second straight and their third in their last four games as they rallied to take down the Yankees Wednesday afternoon at home. The Mariners entered Friday second in the AL West, 11 games behind the Astros for the top spot. They held the second wild card spot in the American League and stood two games clear of Baltimore to remain on the right side of the cut line. In Wednesday’s contest, Seattle finished with just five hits with no player recording more than one yet managed to prevail. Sam Haggerty (his fourth) and Carlos Santana (his 11th) each homered in the victory for the Mariners. Robbie Ray didn’t factor in the decision as he threw 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with five walks and seven strikeouts. Pat Murfee (3-0) earned the win despite allowing one run on one hit with no walks or strikeouts over two-thirds of an inning. Paul Sewald worked a scoreless ninth, striking out one, for his 15th save.
Marco Gonzales is on the mound for his 23rd start of the season for the Mariners in this contest. He comes in 7-11 with a 3.98 ERA, a 1.391 WHIP, 40 walks and 72 strikeouts over 124.1 innings of work on the year. Gonzales picked up the win in his last start, which came against the Angels at home Sunday afternoon. He threw six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in a game the Mariners won by a 6-3 margin. In his last three starts, Gonzales is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, five walks and 17 strikeouts over 18.1 innings of work. Gonzales makes his 21st career start against the Rangers in this contest. He comes in 9-7 with a 3.87 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, 20 walks and 93 strikeouts over 118.2 innings of work against them. Gonzales is 1-2 with a 3.99 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, five walks and 18 strikeouts over 29.1 innings of work over five career starts at Globe Life Field.
Texas Rangers Hoping to Play SpoilerTexas was clobbered in the finale of their three-game set with the Astros on the road as they lost for the 27th time in 31 meetings at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers entered Friday third in the AL West, 22 games behind the Astros for the division lead. They were 9.5 games behind the Rays for the final wild-card spot in the American League. On Thursday, Texas got two hits from Leody Tavares (RBI) while Marcus Semien hit his 17th homer of the season in a losing effort. The Rangers were blanked over the first seven innings and couldn’t dig their way out of a 7-0 hole to take the loss. Cole Ragans (0-1) took the loss on the mound as he allowed five runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout over 4.1 innings of work.
Dane Dunning takes the ball for his 22nd start of the year for the Rangers in this contest. He is 2-6 with a 4.04 ERA, a 1.364 WHIP, 44 walks and 99 strikeouts over 113.2 innings of action on the year. Dunning didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came Friday at home against the Nationals. He threw seven innings, allowing no runs on one hit with one walk and six strikeouts in a game the Rangers won by an 8-0 score. In his last three starts, Dunning is 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, seven walks and 15 strikeouts over 18 innings of work. This marks his fifth career start against the Royals in this contest. He is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA, a 1.333 WHIP, nine walks and 25 strikeouts over 21 innings of work against them. Dunning is 7-4 with a 3.05 ERA, a 1.169 WHIP, 37 walks and 125 strikeouts over 124 innings in 24 career appearances, 23 starts, at Globe Life Field.
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Full-Game Side Bet
In his career, Dunning has pitched well at Globe Life Field but he’s had issues putting games in the win column this season. The Rangers are just 6-15 in games that he has pitched in this season and had dropped 11 straight outings before rebounding to win the last two. Seattle is still in the thick of the AL wild-card picture and they are playing solid baseball over the last six or seven weeks, going 32-13 in their last 45 games entering Friday. The Mariners also got Julio Rodriguez back from the IL before Friday’s game, adding another bat to their lineup. Give Seattle the upper hand in this one as they get the victory on the road.
Full-Game Total Pick
Seattle entered Friday having seen the under post a 55-53-5 mark in their first 113 games. The Mariners entered Friday’s game 23rd in the majors with 4.02 runs per contest and that climbs slightly to 4.16 runs per game away from T-Mobile Park, which is 18th in the majors. Seattle has an average total of 7.90 runs per contest and that number climbs to 8.23 runs per contest on the road. Texas has seen the over post a 55-52-4 record in 111 games on the year entering Friday night. The Rangers are 13th in runs per game with 4.48 runs per contest and that drops to 4.20 runs per game at home on the year. Texas has an average total of 8.98 runs per game and that number climbs to an average of nine runs per game at home. Dunning has been pretty good in his last couple starts and Gonzales has fared well with Texas in his career. This total is a little too high, even with the favorable weather in the Lone Star State.