The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball throughout July 17. Fourteen games will be up on the board as teams prepare for the All-Star break. One of these games will be between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. These two teams have been solid on the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will start at around 2:35 PM Eastern time.
Seattle has earned a record of 50-42 so far on the season, which has them in second place of the AL West. The Mariners have won 13 games in a row and will look to remain red hot going into the break. Seattle is 10 games back on the top spot in the division, but are in a wild card spot. The Mariners will look for another big win on the road on Sunday.
The Rangers have put up a record of 41-48 throughout the season, which has them in third place of the AL West. Texas has lost three games in a row and are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Rangers are six and a half games back on a wild card spot entering this matchup. Texas will look to bounce back at home in this one.
These two teams have been solid throughout the season and will look for a big win before the break. The Mariners have been the hottest team in baseball as of late and will look to remain hot. Texas will look to bounce back after losing their last three. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Seattle Mariners||-1 ½ (+130)||-135||Over 9 (-115)|
|Texas Rangers||+1 ½ (-150)||+113||Under 9 (-105)|
|Team Data||Seattle Mariners||Texas Rangers|
|Away/ Home Record||26-22||21-25|
|Batting Average Away/ Home||.238||.236|
|ERA Away/ Home||3.84||4.15|
- 13-1 in July games
- 8-6 when playing on a Sunday
- 23-16 against divisional opponents
- 18-15 in day games
- 41-29 against right handed starters
- 28-22 after a win
- 27-19 against team with a losing record
- 5-10 in July
- 5-10 when playing on Sunday
- 17-22 against division rivals
- 12-21 in day games
- 25-35 against right handers
- 22-26 after a loss
- 17-20 against team with a winning record
These two teams have met up nine times throughout the season. The first three games were in Seattle, where the Mariners took two of the three games. Seattle took two of the next three in Texas as well. The Mariners have won the first three games of this set on the road as well. Seattle has outscored the Rangers 45-33 throughout the season series.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) July 16, 2022
The Mariners have been solid hitting the ball throughout the season. Seattle has a batting average of .236, which is 23rd in the league. The Mariners have earned a .319 OBP, which is 9th in the MLB. Seattle has posted an OPS of .708, which is 15th in the league. The Mariners have hit .236 against right handers.
Texas has been solid at the plate as well on the season. The Rangers have a .239 batting average, which is 19th in the MLB. Texas has put up an on base percentage of .299, which is 27th in the league. The Rangers have earned a .698 OPS, which is 16th in the MLB. Texas has a BA of .235 against righties this season.
These two teams have both been solid hitting the ball on the season. Seattle has earned 31 hits and 17 runs throughout the first three games of this series. The Rangers have 25 hits and 10 runs in those games. Texas will look to hit better with players on base. If either team can hit well early, it could lead them to the win.
Chris Flexen will likely get the start on the mound for Seattle on Sunday afternoon. Flexen has started in 17 games this season, going 6-8 in those matchups. He has posted a 3.84 ERA and a WHIP of 1.40 in those games. Flexen’s last start was against the Washington Nationals. He gave up six hits and one run through six innings in the win.
I expect Glenn Otto to get the nod at pitcher for the Rangers in this one. Otto has earned a record of 4-5 throughout his 12 starts on the season. He has put up an ERA of 5.50 and a 1.51 WHIP in those outings. Otto pitched four and a third innings in his last start against the Oakland Athletics. He gave up six hits and four runs in the no decision.
Flexen has been hot as of late, winning his last four starts entering this one. Otto has struggled, losing three of his last four starts. Both pitchers will look for a fast start in this one. The Mariners have the edge in the bullpen entering this game. Seattle’s relievers have a 3.48 ERA, which is 9th in the league. The Rangers bullpen has combined for an ERA of 3.66, which is 11th in the MLB.
These two teams have been solid on the season and will look for a big win in this one. The Mariners have been red hot as of late, but I think Texas has a chance to end the winning streak before the All-Star break. The Rangers can match up well at the plate in this one. If Texas can get strong pitching early, I think they can pull off the upset.
Bovada has Seattle listed as a -135 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Mariners will win this game around 57.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Texas being at home in this division rivalry. The Rangers came close to knocking off Seattle on Saturday afternoon. As slight underdogs, I like the value on Texas to earn the win.