August 12: Seattle Mariners versus Texas Rangers
The Mariners come in with a record of 7-12, last in the AL West while the Rangers are a game under .500 at 7-9. Taijuan Walker sets to start on the mound for the Mariners and Jordan Lyles will get the ball for the Rangers. The teams have split the first two-game in the series. Texas is the favorite at –125 and the Mariners are +105 with an over/under of 9.
Offensively for the Mariners, Kyle Lewis has been the most productive hitter overall hitting .357with four home runs and 13 RBI. Dylan Moore has been an excellent number two threat, hitting .313 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI. Kyle Seager leads the Mariners in RBI with 18 and has added three home runs and a .309 average. As a team, the Mariners are hitting only .225 with 17 home runs and 4.1 runs per game.
For the Rangers, it has been a struggle offensively all season. Joey Gallo has gone deep 4 times with 10 RBI, but has struck out 20 times in 50 at-bats. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting a paltry .182 with three home runs and seven RBI. Todd Frazier has been the only consistent bat, hitting .304. As a unit, the Rangers are batting just .211 and average 3.4 runs per game.
Pitching has also been an issue for the Mariners. Taijuan Walker comes in 1-2 with 12 strikeouts in 14 innings, but has a high ERA of 5.79. Closer Taylor Williams has been far from lights out, posting an ERA of 4.91 in 7 1/3 innings. Nester Coles has been lit up to an ERA of 7.36. On a positive, Matt Magill hasn’t allowed a run and only one hit in seven innings. As a team, the Mariners have an ERA of 5.60.
Jordan Lyles has been victim of control problems, walking 8 in 11 1/3 innings, contributing to his high ERA of 5.56. Jonathan Hernandez has been excellent out of the bullpen, posting a 1.80 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 10 innings. Frequently used Ian Gilbert, Jesse Chavez, and Edison Volquez have a combined ERA over 6 for a team with an ERA of 4.33.
Neither team has produced consistently offensively and despite the porous bullpens of both teams, this looks like a low scoring game. There likely won’t be a great number of hits in this game with runs scoring via the long ball. Look for the Rangers to have just enough to edge the Mariners in a one-run game.