Monday, April 11, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Colby Lewis vs. Hisashi Iwakuma
The Texas Rangers visit Safeco Field on Monday to play the Seattle Mariners. The probable starters are Colby Lewis for the Rangers and Hisashi Iwakuma for the Mariners. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +130 and Seattle at -140. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Rangers have a 3-3-0 over/under record and a 3-3-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Mariners are 3-2-0 against the run line and have a 2-3-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 60% of the time.
The Rangers head into this matchup with a 3-3 record, including 2-1 on the road. Starting pitcher Colby Lewis held a 17-9 record with an earned run average of 4.66 and a WHIP of 1.24 last season. He had 142 strikeouts over his 204.2 innings pitched and he also gave up 211 hits over that time period. He allowed 9.3 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 4.17. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 7.64 and they have given up 26 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .342 against the bullpen while being struck out 13 times and walking 8 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.72 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.37 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.86. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 52 base hits and 29 earned runs. They have allowed 10 home runs this season and they allow 1.7 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 25 batters and struck out 38. They walk 4.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 5.92.
As a team, Texas is batting .201, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .238 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .314 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .296 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 27th in baseball with 6.5 hits per game. Shin-Soo Choo comes into this game hitting .188 and his on-base percentage is at .409. He has 3 hits this season along with 2 runs scored and 1 runs batted in. He's struck out 4 times and has walked 4 times. Prince Fielder is hitting .190 and he has an on-base percentage of .308. He has totaled 4 hits so far while scoring 2 runs and he's driven in 7. He has walked 4 times and has struck out 7 times. The Rangers have 39 hits, including 10 doubles, 0 triples, and 4 home runs. They've stolen 4 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 4 times. Texas has walked 23 times this season and they've struck out 55 times as a unit. They've left 40 men on base and have a team OPS of .610. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 24 runs so far this year.
Seattle comes into this matchup with a 0-2 home record and a 2-3 overall mark. With an earned run average last season of 3.54, Hisashi Iwakuma had a 9-5 record and a 1.06 WHIP. He had 111 strikeouts over the 129.2 innings he pitched during which he gave up 117 hits. He allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 3.74. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 1.69 and they have given up 7 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .130 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 22 times and walking 6 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 7.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.23 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.48. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 35 base knocks and 17 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 4 home runs this year and they give up 0.8 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff has walked 15 hitters and struck out 50. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.14 while their FIP as a staff is 3.42.
As a team, they are batting .232, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .148 average at home. The Mariners hold a .463 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 7.6 hits per contest. Nelson Cruz comes into this matchup batting .211 and he has an OBP of .318. He has 4 hits this year along with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI. He's struck out 2 times and has walked on 2 occasions. Robinson Cano is hitting .286 and he has an OBP of .318. He has collected 6 hits so far while he's scored 4 runs and drove in 7. He has earned a walk 1 time and has punched out 3 times. The Mariners as a unit have 38 base hits, including 5 doubles, 0 triples, and 11 homers. They have 0 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 3 times. Seattle as a team has walked 17 times this year and they have struck out 39 times. They've had 29 men left on base and have an OPS of .788. They score 4.8 runs per game and have totaled 24 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 3-3-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 3-3-0 against the run line so far this season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 2-3-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 3-2-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/09/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Calf "?" Sunday vs. Los Angeles Angels
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Luke Jackson Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/03/16 C Chris Gimenez Ankle Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/27)
04/03/16 P Yu Darvish Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Charlie Furbush Bicep Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Evan Scribner Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
03/30/16 C Jesus Sucre Leg Injury is on the 60 day disabled list
03/30/16 P Ryan Cook Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/12)
Guy's Pick: Take the Rangers
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