Some west coast baseball out in California for our Saturday MLB pick. The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners clash in Seattle for their second game of the weekend series. As I write this article, it’s a tight affair in the bottom of the 7th inning tied at 1-1. The Rangers and Mariners are more than likely going to be the same thing this season: playing below the Houston Astros. If the start of the season is any indication, they will be playing catch-up with the Astros.
The Astros are 20-10 in the AL West. The next closest team isn’t even above .500, as the Angels are 15-16. That’s brutal. The AL West was not expected to be the most competitive of divisions, but only one team above .500 in the month of May is nevertheless pretty bad.
The most bizarre thing is that they aren’t the only team with only one team above .500 on the season. In the NL East, the Nationals are the only team eclipsing the even mark at the moment. As the season progresses, things will undoubtedly change, but it’s just a testament to how many teams are stuck in mud to start the year.
Texas have had their opportunities to win a World Series for the past several years. They’ve always gone into the postseason with plenty of fanfare, but it didn’t translate. Most notably, in 2011 they had a glorious chance to win a World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, but they struggled to close them out and it ended in disaster.
The Rangers watched their chance come and go, as they’re the same team as they were then. Meanwhile, the Mariners would just like to get to the postseason, especially after signing Cano, which was the goal spending that kind of money. It doesn’t happen often that Seattle opens up their wallet, and once they did, it’s been a disappointment. Head down below for our Rangers vs. Mariners pick for Saturday.
Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Martin Perez (1-4, 4.26 ERA) vs. Chase De Jong (0-2, 11.05 ERA)
It’s been a lot of the same for the Rangers and Mariners in 2017. Neither are gelling or getting into any resemblance of a rhythm. With last night pending, the Rangers are 1-4 in their last five games. Note that the Rangers’ pitching has been getting ravished. During that 1-4 streak, the Rangers have allowed an average of 6.6 runs per game. Conversely, they’ve scored 4.4 per game. Texas have a team ERA of 4.23. Martin Perez will go today, whose ERA is currently at 4.26, with a 6.46 ERA in his last three starts, including a sky high 1.89 WHIP.
Seattle pitching has been poor, especially that bullpen who can’t seem to keep anything together. The Mariners have a team 4.70 ERA, which equates to 27th in the majors. The bullpen is second last, 29th, with a posted ERA of 5.94. Chase De Jong will look for a better outing today.
It can’t get much worse for him, as he enters with a 11.05 ERA following 7.1 innings pitched. He also has a putrid 2.32 WHIP and .459 OBA. De Jong allowed 9 hits and 6 runs in just 2.2 innings of work against the Indians in his last start. He should be able to improve on that, but not enough to give his bullpen some relief, who pitched into extra innings last night. Both pens should be taxed in this one. There shouldn’t be any help on the backend for either of these inconsistent pitchers. The OVER looks like an attractive MLB pick on Saturday.
PICK: OVER 8.5 (-115)