Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners 8/26/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/25/2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Safeco Field in Seattle
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On Tuesday night, rookie Nick Martinez (3-9), who is coming off of one of his best starts of the year, will be on the mound for the Texas Rangers when they go up against James Paxton (3-1) and the Seattle Mariners.
Nick Martinez pitched six solid innings against the Miami Marlins on the road last week and was able to pick up his third win of the season. He allowed just two runs in six innings of work in that game while walking two batters and striking out seven. Martinez still has a high 5.13 ERA this season and he has given up 116 hits in 100 innings on the mound.
Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson has two hits in five plate appearances against Martinez with two RBI and now strikeouts. Catcher Mike Zunino is 0-for-3 against Martinez with no walks and two strikeouts.
James Paxton lost for the first time in six starts last Wednesday when he was beaten by the Philadelphia Phillies on the road. He made it through just four innings in that outing and gave up four runs on seven base hits while walking two batters and striking out five. He still has a very good 2.20 ERA and he has struck out 29 hitters in 32.2 innings of work.
The Rangers' batters will all be going up against Paxton for the first time in their careers on Tuesday. Left-handed batters are hitting just .179 against him through 28 at-bats.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
Texas Rangers are 57-62-10 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Texas Rangers is -1.1
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
Seattle Mariners are 51-71-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Seattle Mariners is 0.8
Injuries to Watch
08/13/14 P Yu Darvish Elbow 15-day DL (8/10)
07/26/14 LF Jake Smolinski Foot 15-day DL (7/22)
06/11/14 P Tanner Scheppers Elbow 15-day DL (6/11)
06/10/14 1B Mitch Moreland Ankle 15-day DL (6/8)
06/04/14 P Alexi Ogando Elbow 60-day DL (6/3)
06/04/14 P Matt Harrison Back 60-day DL (5/14), out for season
05/22/14 1B Prince Fielder Neck 60-day DL (5/17)
05/21/14 P Martin Perez Elbow 60-day DL (5/11)
04/25/14 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff Back 60-day DL (4/23); out for season
04/23/14 P Pedro Figueroa Elbow 60-day DL (4/23)
03/31/14 2B Jurickson Profar Shoulder 60-day DL (3/23)
03/28/14 RF Engel Beltre Leg 60-day DL (3/26)
08/24/14 2B Robinson Cano Illness questionable
08/08/14 SS Willie Bloomquist Knee 15-day DL (7/24); out for season
08/03/14 1B Corey Hart Knee 15-day DL (8/2)
07/11/14 CF Michael Saunders Side 15-day DL (7/10)
04/16/14 P Blake Beavan Shoulder 60-day DL (4/15)
Josh's Pick: Take Seattle
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