The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners conclude their three-game series on Easter Sunday, before the Mariners welcome the Marlins, and the Rangers head to Oakland. It’s been a closer series for the most part, with the Mariners edging the Rangers out on Friday, 2-1, and then the Mariners opening up a 0-0 game last night to make it 5-0 in the 6th inning.
Like the rest of the league, there aren’t many conclusions we can draw from the Rangers and Mariners’ starts to the season. If anything, the Mariners are off to another disappointing year. Here is a team who opened up the wallet to finally get some offense in Seattle, are still searching for consistent production at the plate.
It’s too early, but Cano hasn’t impressed. He had a fine season a year ago, with a 39 HRs and a .298 batting average. Nevertheless, it’s the first year he’s done something in Seattle, and even then, he’s under a contract where he should at least be whacking 40+ long balls every year.
For the Mariners, early indications are showing that they’re in for another rough yeah. The started slow a year ago, and left no room to mount a comeback, which they were in the process of doing but ran out of time.
It’s looking like the same old story here in 2017, and we’re not even out of April. It’s been a rough stretch of MLB picks for us, but we’re not in a hole so no harm done. Head down below for our Rangers vs. Mariners pick for Easter Sunday.
Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Cole Hamels (0-0, 2.77 ERA) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1, 2.25 ERA)
Cole Hamels is chugging right along, as he continues to pitch at a serviceable level after giving solid play since 2006. In only his third season in Texas, following his entire career in Philadelphia, Hamels has played well for the Rangers. He’s kept his ERA below 4.00 in both years, registering an ERA of 3.66 in 2015 and a 3.32 last season.
He spent 2016 relatively with a clean bill of health, after getting only 12 starts in 2015. Hamels was strong in his first outing of 2017, as he allowed only 1 run against the Angels on the road. He also surrendered just 4 hits across 7 innings.
The Mariners will counter with Hisashi Iwakuma, who has been a mainstay in the rotation going on six years now. Iwakuma suffered his worst season in 2016, finishing with an ERA of 4.12, the first over 4.00 in his career. The Tokyo native looked in fine form as he nullified the Angels as well, allowing just 1 run in 6 innings pitched.
The Rangers’ offense was cooking before coming to Seattle. They scored 8 runs in each of the last two games, but the Mariners have surrendered just 1 run in two days. There were eight OVER’s cashing before the last couple of games between the Rangers and Mariners. The OVER has gone 17-5 in their last 22 meetings.
I like the bats to come out and play in the series finale. The prospect of Hamels or Iwakuma getting hammered looks appealing. Iwakuma allowed 5 runs in his last start against the Rangers, while Hamels was exposed for 7 runs. He’s struggled mightily in his last two outings against the Mariners, allowing 7 and 6 runs each. The Sunday MLB Pick is on the OVER.
PICK: OVER 7.5 (-115)