MLB Odds: Back Rangers In Battle Of Southpaws At Mariners

Sunday, June 12, 2016 11:00 AM GMT

The Mariners look to complete a seven-game homestand by winning on Sunday afternoon, but they are facing the ace of the Rangers in the series finale. Let's find the MLB pick!

What You Need To Know
The Rangers are defending AL West champions and lead the division currently, and I believe they will repeat barring major injury. I think that because they have the best 1-2 pitching punch in the division in lefty Cole Hamels and right-hander Yu Darvish. Texas is a -200 AL West betting favorite on MLB odds.

I almost changed my opinion on the Rangers winning the division earlier this week. That's because Darvish left Wednesday's start against Houston with stiffness in his pitching shoulder. That's obviously worrisome on its own, but especially for a guy who was making only his third big-league start in a return off Tommy John surgery. But Darvish reported no issues after playing catch on Thursday and expects to make his next start. Darvish, who missed all of last season, has been very good this season, going 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA. Certainly his innings will be limited, but the Rangers have a plan that would still allow him to pitch in the postseason if they get back there.

Also in Wednesday's game, starting Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left with tightness in his left hamstring. An MRI revealed only a mild strain and he is listed as day-to-day with no DL stint expected. So monitor his status for this game. Beltre is hitting .271 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs. Finally, Texas activated projected No. 1 catcher Robinson Chirinos off the 60-day DL on Thursday. He had played in only five games until breaking his forearm in April. Last season, Chirinos hit .232 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs in 233 at-bats.

Seattle remains without its ace, Felix Hernandez. He is on the DL and hasn't pitched since May 27 with a calf strain. It's likely that he misses at least another 10 days. It's the first time the former AL Cy Young winner has been on the DL since 2008. On the bright side, the Mariners activated center fielder Leonys Martin, acquired from Texas this offseason, from the DL on Friday. He had been out since May 25 with a hamstring strain. Martin was off to the best start of his career as the Mariners certainly got the best of that trade thus far. Shortstop Ketel Marte was activated off the DL earlier this week.


Probable Pitchers
It's the southpaw Hamels (5-1, 3.32) on the mound for Texas. He is looking for his first win since May 22 even though his past two starts have been quality. Hamels last pitched Tuesday at home vs. Houston and allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. He did walk a season-high four in a no-decision. Hamels is clearly one of the best lefties in the AL but has allowed 14 homers, which puts him on pace to shatter his career high, and leads the league with seven hit-by-pitches. The Rangers are 11-2 in MLB picks in their past 13 vs. the AL West when Hamels starts.

Hamels has faced Seattle once this season and that was way back on April 4 in Arlington. He got the win, allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts. Hamels is 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in three career starts at Safeco Field. Mariners AL MVP candidate Robinson Cano struggles in his career vs. Hamels, going 4-for-21 (.190) but does have two solo homers. Nelson Cruz is 3-for-10 with a homer. Kyle Seager is 5-for-19 with a dinger and five strikeouts.

The Mariners go with left-hander Wade Miley (6-2, 5.27), who hasn't lived up to expectations after being acquired from Boston this offseason. Miley has been very inconsistent and that has been shown in his past two outings. On June 2 in San Diego, he was bashed for nine runs in 12 hits in 4.2 innings. But then Tuesday vs. Cleveland, Miley threw seven shutout innings. He hasn't personally lost since April 19.

Miley made two early-season starts vs. Texas and was 0-1 with an 8.25 ERA. The Rangers hit .340 off him. He's 1-3 with a 5.58 ERA in five career starts against Texas. Beltre, if he plays, is 4-for-15 career off him with a home run. Prince Fielder is 3-for-12 with a homer and four RBIs. Chirinos is 2-for-5 with a double, triple and three RBIs off Miley. Elvis Andrus is 4-for-13 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Rangers and 'under.' Texas is 4-0 in Hamels' past four vs. Seattle. The Mariners are 1-5 in their past six against a lefty. The 'under' is 5-1 in Seattle's past six on Sunday.

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Free MLB Pick: Rangers +100 & Under 8 -111
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