Monday, September 5, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. Felix Hernandez
The Texas Rangers head to Safeco Field on Monday to take on the Seattle Mariners. The probable pitchers are Cole Hamels for the Rangers and Felix Hernandez for the Mariners. The opening line for this game has Texas at -108 and Seattle at -102. The over/under is 8. The Rangers have a 67-61-8 over/under mark and a 74-62-0 run line record, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Mariners are 67-68-0 against the run line and have a 69-61-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Rangers head into this game with a 82-54 record, and they are 35-33 on the road. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels has a 14-4 record with an ERA of 2.91 and a WHIP of 1.26. He has 171 strikeouts during his 173 innings pitched and he has given up 153 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.87. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.76 and they have allowed 443 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the pen while they've been struck out 342 times and walked 154 times this year. As a unit, Texas has given up 9.01 base hits per nine innings while striking out 6.99 hitters per nine. They are 20th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.30. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 1,213 base hits and 579 earned runs. They have allowed 166 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 442 batters and struck out 941. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.59.
As a team, Texas is hitting .265, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .248 average on the road. The Rangers have a .437 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .324 which is good for 15th in the league. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.01 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .291 and his on-base percentage is at .350. He has 144 hits this season along with 76 runs scored and 90 runs batted in. He's struck out 58 times and has walked 41 times. Ian Desmond is hitting .291 and he has an on-base percentage of .339. He has totaled 156 hits so far while scoring 94 runs and he's driven in 80. He has walked 37 times and has struck out 139 times. The Rangers have 1,225 hits, including 211 doubles and 182 home runs. They've stolen 80 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 30 times. Texas has walked 364 times this season and they've struck out 1,015 times as a unit. They've left 858 men on base and have a team OPS of .760. They score 4.83 runs per contest and have scored a total of 657 runs so far this year.
Seattle comes into this game with a 37-29 home mark and a 69-66 overall record. With an ERA of 3.48, Felix Hernandez has a 9-5 record and a 1.26 WHIP. He has 104 strikeouts over the 121.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 101 hits. He has allowed 7.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.44. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.92 and they have given up 397 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 463 times and walking 152 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 8.89 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.17 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.18. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,195 base knocks and 562 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 185 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff has walked 385 hitters and struck out 1,098. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.40.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .257 average at home. The Mariners hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.84 hits per contest. Robinson Cano comes into this matchup batting .302 and he has an OBP of .352. He has 165 hits this year along with 87 runs scored and 83 RBI. He's struck out 83 times and has walked on 37 occasions. Kyle Seager is hitting .289 and he has an OBP of .367. He has collected 143 hits so far while he's scored 76 runs and drove in 86. He has earned a walk 56 times and has punched out 83 times. The Mariners as a unit have 1,193 base hits, including 203 doubles and 182 homers. They have 41 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 27 times. Seattle as a team has walked 416 times this year and they have struck out 1,059 times. They've had 903 men left on base and have an OPS of .751. They score 4.63 runs per game and have totaled 625 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 67-61-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 74-62-0 against the run line so far this season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 69-61-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 67-68-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/03/16 C Jonathan Lucroy Flu "?" Sunday vs. Houston Astros
08/27/16 P Jeremy Jeffress Suspension placed on restricted list
08/24/16 P Shawn Tolleson Back 60-day DL (8/23)
08/18/16 P Lucas Harrell Groin 15-day DL (8/17)
08/15/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Forearm 15-day DL (8/15)
07/20/16 DH Prince Fielder Neck 15-day DL (7/19), out for season
06/26/16 P Colby Lewis Back 60-day DL (6/22)
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
08/31/16 P James Paxton Finger "?" for next scheduled start Monday
08/23/16 P Drew Storen Shoulder 15-day DL (8/20)
07/30/16 P Nathan Karns Back 60-day DL (7/30)
06/30/16 C Steve Clevenger Hand 60-day DL (6/29)
06/25/16 P Adrian Sampson Elbow 60-day DL (6/24)
04/04/16 P Charlie Furbush Bicep 60-day DL (3/25)
03/30/16 P Ryan Cook Shoulder 60-day DL (3/12)
Tony's Pick: Take the Mariners
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