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Mariners vs. Rangers MLB Pick – June 18th

The Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers finish up their three-game series with a sweep on the minds of the Rangers. It’s been a rather uneventful trip to Texas for the Mariners, as they dropped a 10-4 decision on Friday, and then 24 hours later the same thing, a 10-4 loss to the Rangers.

The Mariners and Rangers are both chasing one team, the Houston Astros. The Mariners 14 games back, and the Rangers 11.5 back. Yeah, I’d say there is some work left to do. The Rangers are 2nd in the AL West with a record of 34-32, yet still trail the Astros by that much of a margin.

The ‘Stros are lapping the competition with their 46-23 record, and added another with an easy win against the Red Sox last night. The only negative thing we can say about the Astros, if it’s a negative? Is that they hope they didn’t blow their load too early and hit a cold streak at the wrong time.

The Astros have shown no signs of slowing down, they continue to put up big numbers and the pitching has been on point. However, it wouldn’t be anything new if the wheels fell off when it matters most in the postseason. There is a lot of competition in the American League, and while they are cruising now, I suspect they will get some pushback in the postseason. This is of course if they avoid a monumental collapse and miss the postseason.

It’s a little early to be talking about postseason positioning, but if the Astros keep it up, all the Mariners and Rangers can hope to achieve is a wildcard. If the Mariners want that to be a reality, they’re going to need to learn how to play on the road. As we’ve seen in Texas and elsewhere, the Mariners haven’t been able to buy a win on the road. It shouldn’t get any easier against Yu Darvish today. Get our free MLB betting pick below for this matchup between the Mariners and Rangers.

Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers Pick

Christian Bergman (3-4, 5.75 ERA) vs. Yu Darvish (6-4, 3.03 ERA)

Darvish hopes to keep it rolling for the Rangers, who have now won seven of their last eight games. No, this streak wasn’t against pushovers. Note that the Rangers swept the Washington Nationals and then took two of three off the Astros. In other words, the Rangers outplayed a 1st place team and 3rd in all of the majors. That must feel nice and be good for confidence.

Darvish will get the hill today, as he looks to build off some recent success as well. In his last start, he allowed just 1 hit and 1 run against the high-powered Astro offense. His ERA stands at 3.26, with a very impressive 0.83 WHIP. He just had to keep the ball down, and the ERA would look much better.

Note that Darvish hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs since April 18th against the Athletics. Overall, Yu owns a 3.03 ERA and importantly he had a clean bill of health thus far this season. He has yet to really flourish like say a Kershaw, which was ideally the goal for a guy like Darvish, but we’ll see if he has it in him this season and in the future.

Christian Bergman will start opposite Darvish, who has anything but success lately. He enters Sunday with an ERA of 7.90 in his last three starts, including a 1.83 WHIP and .379 OBA. On the road he’s been getting torched, with a 10.61 ERA, 2.14 WHIP, and .471 OBA. Maybe not to this extent, but I expect him to have issues against Texas. The Rangers are one of the streakiest teams you’ll find in baseball. Right now everything is working for them. We look for it to keep working on Sunday as they sweep the Mariners in Arlington.

PICK: RANGERS -1.5 (-105)

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