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(getmoresports.com)- The Texas Rangers are closing the gap on first-place Houston in the American League West and aim to make up more ground when they visit the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.
Walker pitched 6.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking three in an 8-3 defeat to the Astros. Nelson Cruz (.310, 77 Rs, 39 HRs, 82 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Hamels went 7.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Padres in his most recent start. Rougned Odor (.275, 40 Rs, 11 HRs, 45 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Texas takes on Seattle as a -126 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -1,175 and a record as the underdog of 27-30. Within its division, Seattle has an 18-15 as the underdog and a 31-26 SU. The Mariners have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. Seattle is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.0 per game.
In games where it is the favorite, Texas has a 16-12 record and an overall money line of +2,348. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games playing as the favorite, and have a 7-3 SU record over the same span. Offensively, they average 4.4 runs per game, which is good for fifth in the AL. Texas’s pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 4.07 ERA.
The Mariners lead the season series, 8-5. The Mariners have an 18-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Hamels takes the mound. Walker (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 48-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Rangers LH Cole Hamels (8-8, 3.70 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Taijuan Walker (10-7, 4.51)Hamels is starting against Seattle for the third time since joining the Rangers after going 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA in the first two meetings. He is 2-1 with a 3.89 ERA in six starts since being acquired from Philadelphia and settled for a no-decision against San Diego in his last turn, when he gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings. Hamels has struggled against left-handed hitter Logan Morrison (10-for-25 with five walks and three doubles).Walker is 3-0 over his last nine starts, with his most recent defeat coming before the All-Star break – July 12 to the Los Angeles Angels. He received a no-decision in his last turn after allowing three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Walker is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) against Texas – with the win occurring on April 27, when he allowed one unearned run in seven frames.
- Mariners 3B Kyle Seager extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the opener and is 19-for-39 with four homers and 12 RBIs during the stretch.
- Texas LF Shin-Soo Choo is 9-for-21 with six walks in six contests this month.
- Seattle LF Franklin Gutierrez (groin) has missed three consecutive games and is unlikely to start on Tuesday.
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