Rangers Big Bats To Boom In Seattle For Tonight's MLB Action

Rangers greeting one of their team members

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 4:33 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2016 4:33 PM UTC

Mariners are desperately trying to remain relevant in the race to the postseason while their guests, Texas Rangers, are cruising to a division title. Let’s examine the MLB odds and get back to cashing.

Underdogs have been the bane of my existence this season. We’ve hit our share of live dogs at big prices but more often than not they have failed to finish the job. Last night I switched gears and went with the hard-hitting Blue Jays to open their hosts from the Bronx. Alas, it was the wrong choice as the Bombers roared back and won a photo finish with the Jays by the score of 7-6. Now that would have been an opportune time to side with the home dog but we swung and missed.

That's just the way it goes in the long grind of the Major League Baseball season but we remain undeterred. When the opposition scores four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to squash any hopes we had of cashing our MLB pick for that evening, we must turn to our season record and know we are beating the MLB odds makers and walking away with cash we didn't have before the season started. Let's get back at it.


Texas Bats Booming
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and veteran slugger Carlos Beltran were trade deadline deals that added even more, oomph into an already loaded Texas lineup. Lucroy has gone long on nine occasions in the 28 games he has donned a Rangers uniform. The Texas offense, in general, has been sizzling recently, plating six or more runs in eight straight contests and averaging over 7½ runs per game over its last 13 games. The club is currently tied for 4th in runs scored, 6th in team batting average and 5th in slugging percentage.

A.J. Griffin (7-3, 4.41, 1.28) will take the hill tonight and will try to limit a Mariners’ lineup that plated seven runs last night in the Rangers’ 10-7 victory. Griffin was chased after five-plus innings in his last performance where he allowed three runs on three hits (two home runs) in Texas’s 10-8 win over the Astros. The 28-year-old right-hander is 3-2 when starting against the Mariners with an ERA of 3.44 and a WHIP of 1.412 and his team's record is 3-3 (-0.3 units) in these starts.


Betting Analysis
The Mariners are pinning their hopes on rookie Ariel Miranda (2-1, 5.06, 1.39) to contain the ferocious Texas offense. Miranda went six full innings in his last appearance against the Angels and gave up four runs on five hits yet got the win despite surrendering all four runs in the first inning due to Seattle’s nine-run explosion in the bottom half of that frame, resulting in an 11-8 victory.

So tell me, dear readers, why is this line is so very close? I don’t get it despite the Mariners’ owning home field advantage. The Mariners have a rookie pitcher facing one of the hottest lineups in baseball and Texas still has the incentive to win as they wish to gain home-field advantage in the playoffs. It just seems way out of whack to me which always gives me cause for pause.

In addition, Texas’s Griffin is 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA and a 1.355 WHIP over 10.1 innings at Safeco Field and has a devastating lineup backing him up. How can the Rangers be only a slight favorite, I ask you again! Here are a few other stats to back up my opinion on the visitors as the play here.

Rangers are 4-0 in their last four Wednesday games

Rangers are 10-2 in their last 12 vs. the AL West

Rangers are 12-5 vs. Seattle this season and +9 units.


Free MLB Pick: Texas -106 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker
Swinger’s MLB Record: 71-47, +22.17 units

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