Slightest Edge for Mariners vs. Rangers In Tonight's MLB Odds

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, September 6, 2014 12:59 PM GMT

Saturday, Sep. 6, 2014 12:59 PM GMT

Our local MLB betting odds guru analyzes tonight’s game between the Mariner/Rangers pursuing money line value. Read this revealing sports handicapping article which concludes with a our free picks.

AL West Contender Versus Spoiler
The Rangers will host the Mariners tonight in Arlington, Texas with the first pitch slated for 8:05 PM ET. According to MLB odds, the Mariners are a -150 money line road favorite, and the posted total is 9.0. This will be the 3rd of a 4-game series between these two AL West clubs.

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Mariners Chris Young In a Rut
There’s no doubt that Chris Young has given the Mariners plenty of productivity in 2014, being the 3rd man in the rotation, behind Felix Hernandez, and Hisashi Iwakuma. He’s gone 16-11 against the money in 2014 with a stellar 3.46 ERA. However, his home and away splits are cause for concern. In 13-starts at home, the Mariners hurler has posted a superb 2.35 ERA, and 0.97 WHIP. Things haven’t gone so smoothly for Young on the road, going 7-7 against the money, and posting a lofty 4.71 ERA. As a matter of fact, the Mariners have suffered 26% of their road losses this season with Young as their starting pitcher. Young has struggled mightily in his last 5 road starts, posting a 6.23 ERA, and a mammoth 1.97 WHIP.

The Rangers starter Nick Martinez has been going through rough times in 2014, similar to what the majority of the Rangers organization has endured. The young Texas hurler has gone a dismal 2-8 against the money in his last 10-starts with an unimpressive 6.26 ERA. Martinez has gone 0-2 versus the money versus the Mariners this season, with a very lofty 5.73 ERA, and a 1.82 WHIP.

 

Crunch Time for Seattle
The Mariners entered the weekend ½-game behind Detroit for the final wild card spot in the American League, and with just 23-games left to play. If they hope to be part of this year’s postseason party, then these are the types of games they can ill afford not to lose. Seattle has the best road record in the American League this season going 40-27 (.597). Against a Texas team with a dismal 24-41 (.369) home record, they should have no excuses at all.

 

A Nightmare Season for Texas
I don’t think anybody has the audacity to claim, that they would’ve predicted before the season began, that the Texas Rangers would have the worst record in all of baseball in the first week of September. Well, that’s exactly what’s transpired as they entered this weekend with a futile 53-87 (.379) record, and had lost 6-games in a row. Things went from bad to worse this week, with the recent resignation of long time Rangers manager Ron Washington. During their current losing streak, they’ve scored a paltry 9-runs combined in those 6-games.

 

Final Analysis
It’s hard to have a strong lean on a team (Mariners) with a pitcher that’s been so bad in his last 2-starts, and has had a difficult time on the road for much of the season. Contrarily, asking someone to put their hard earned money on the Rangers right now may be construed as another Ponzi scheme. However, I’m going to give the smallest of leans to the team that has more to play for, rather than the one playing out the proverbial string.
Free MLB Pick: Mariners -150 on the Money Line will be our MLB pick over the Rangers tonight

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