Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: A.J. Griffin vs. Taijuan Walker
The Texas Rangers visit Safeco Field on Wednesday to play the Seattle Mariners. The probable starters are A.J. Griffin for the Rangers and Taijuan Walker for the Mariners. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +140 and Seattle at -150. The over/under was set at 8. The Rangers have a 4-4-0 over/under record and a 4-4-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Mariners are 3-4-0 against the run line and have a 3-4-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 43% of the time.
The Rangers head into this matchup with a 4-4 record, including 3-2 on the road. Starting pitcher A.J. Griffin heads into this game after winning his last start His ERA is currently at 4.50. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 6.85 and they have given up 29 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .312 against the bullpen while being struck out 17 times and walking 9 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.41 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.11 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.46. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 66 base hits and 35 earned runs. They have allowed 11 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 32 batters and struck out 48. They walk 4.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 5.58.
As a team, Texas is batting .226, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .262 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .336 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 23rd in baseball with 7.5 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 run batted in. He's struck out 4 times and has walked 4 times. Prince Fielder is hitting .214 and he has an on-base percentage of .314. He has totaled 6 hits so far while scoring 2 runs and he's driven in 9. He has walked 5 times and has struck out 10 times. The Rangers have 60 hits, including 14 doubles, 0 triples, and 5 home runs. They've stolen 5 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 4 times. Texas has walked 26 times this season and they've struck out 74 times as a unit. They've left 55 men on base and have a team OPS of .639. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 32 runs so far this year.
Seattle comes into this matchup with a 0-4 home record and a 2-5 overall mark. With an earned run average last season of 4.56, Taijuan Walker had a 11-8 record and a 1.20 WHIP. He had 157 strikeouts over the 169.2 innings he pitched during which he gave up 163 hits. He allowed 8.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.07. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.68 and they have given up 15 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .188 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 28 times and walking 8 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 7.71 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.43 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 54 base knocks and 26 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 6 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff has walked 20 hitters and struck out 73. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.18 while their FIP as a staff is 3.31.
As a team, they are batting .219, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .169 average at home. The Mariners hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 25th in baseball with 7.29 hits per contest. Nelson Cruz comes into this matchup batting .296 and he has an OBP of .387. He has 8 hits this year along with 5 runs scored and 4 RBI. He's struck out 2 times and has walked on 3 occasions. Robinson Cano is hitting .207 and he has an OBP of .258. He has collected 6 hits so far while he's scored 4 runs and drove in 7. He has earned a walk 2 times and has punched out 5 times. The Mariners as a unit have 51 base hits, including 9 doubles, 0 triples, and 12 homers. They have 0 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. Seattle as a team has walked 24 times this year and they have struck out 55 times. They've had 45 men left on base and have an OPS of .721. They score 4 runs per game and have totaled 28 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 4-4-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 4-4-0 against the run line so far this season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 3-4-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 3-4-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/11/16 C Robinson Chirinos Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/9)
04/10/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/9)
04/10/16 P Tanner Schepper Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/25)
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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