Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Saturday, August 8th, 2015. At 4:05 PM EST.
The (54-53) Texas Rangers of the American League West Division will make the trip to the “EMERALD CITY”. For game two of a three-game set. Texas takes on the (50-59) Seattle Mariners also of the AL West in 2015 MLB action. The teams will play at Safeco Field in downtown Seattle, Washington. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Texas Rangers are still in the 2015 MLB playoff hunt. The Seattle Mariners have plenty of talent and expectations will be high next season in the “GREAT NORTHWEST”. The opening betting line has Texas as a +115 Road Underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is seven and a half runs for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 Texas Rangers are on a four-game win streak. Texas play Seattle in the first game of the series on August 7th. The Rangers are third in the AL West, five and a half games out of first-place. Texas is 31-24 on the road in 2015 and is 17-26 vs. Divisional opponents.
*Designated Hitter Prince Fielder leads the team in all five major offensive categories.
*Shortstop Elvis Andrus has a .309 batting average.
*Starting Pitcher Colby Lewis leads the rotation with twelve victories and has one hundred and four hits.
*Relief Pitcher Shawn Tolleson has a team-best twenty saved games.
*Notable injury: Starting Pitcher Yu Darvish has missed the entire season after having Tommy John surgery. The Rangers could use his elite pitching down the stretch.
*The Rangers begin a homestand on August 14th, hosting Tampa Bay.
*The betting odds over the total are 6-2 Texas last eight on the road.
*The betting odds under the total are 7-1 the last eight between the teams.
*The Texas Rangers are 7-3 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total four times, staying under the betting odds total five times with a push.
*The Left Handed Martin Perez, who is (1-2) with a 6.64 ERA, will be on the hill. The 6’0″ 190 pound Guanare native went 8.1 innings, giving up two hits and a run. His last start on August 2nd, a 2-1 home victory over San Francisco.
*The Texas Rangers are +2,500 to win the 2015 MLB American League Pennant.
The 2015 Seattle Mariners have won three of their last four baseball contests. Seattle is fourth in the Division, ten and a half game from the top spot. Seattle is 22-31 at Safeco Field this season and 21-21 vs. The AL West.
*Right Fielder Nelson Cruz leads the Mariners in all major batting categories.
*Second Baseman Robinson Cano has a .266 batting average.
*The Seattle batting lineup has a .396 slugging percentage.
*Starting Pitcher Felix Hernandez has a rotation best thirteen wins, a 3.13 earned run average with one hundred and forty strikeouts.
*Seattle pitchers averages 7.91 strikeouts per nine innings.
*Seattle will hit the road on August 14th for six games.
*Notable injury: Starting Pitcher Carl Furbush is on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his elbow.
*The betting odds over the total are 9-3-1 Seattle last thirteen overall.
*The betting odds under the total are 7-2 the last nine between the teams in Seattle.
*The Seattle Mariners are 4-6 their last ten Free 2015 Baseball Predictions overall, going over the betting odds total six times, staying under the betting odds total three times with a push.
*The Seattle Mariners will have the Left Handed Mike Montgomery. Who is (4-4) with a 3.07 earned run average on the mound for game two? The Mission Hills, California native threw six innings, giving up four hits and a run his last start on August 1st, a 3-2 no decision loss at Minnesota.
*Bovada.Lv lists the Seattle Mariners at +5,000 to win the 2015 MLB American League Title.