MLB Lines Preview on Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners
While there really isn’t such a thing as a bad time to go on a winning streak, the teams on the outside of the playoff picture looking in can leave it too late. With about 50 games left in the regular MLB betting season, now is the time to really start thinking about making a move. The Texas Rangers appear to have got the memo as they are now starting to roll at just the right time. They will try to keep that going on the road in Seattle on Saturday afternoon.
Inside Scoop on the MLB Lines Preview on Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners & Game Info
Date/Time: Saturday, August 8th, 4:10 PM
Venue: Safeco Field, Seattle, WA
Radio: 105.3 The Fan
Opening Line: Seattle -125
The big talk at the trade deadline were the moves that the Rangers (54-53) made, particularly the one that landed Cole Hamels. The feeling was that the trades made would have the biggest impact next season, but it appears that Texas aren’t quite ready to write this one off just yet. The Rangers have gone 5-1 since the trade deadline, and are coming off a sweep of the Houston Astros that cut the division lead down to just 5.5 games. Better yet, Texas are now just 2,5 games out of the final Wild Card spot, but they are chasing down a Toronto Blue Jays team that might well be the hottest in baseball right now. The next 2 or 3 series will determine whether or not the Rangers are in this for real, or are just having a nice run of form. Martin Perez (1-2, 6.64 ERA) will get the start. Perez is coming off a very good start after struggling badly in his first 3 outings.
Prior to the deadline, the Seattle Mariners (50-59) would have been the ideal team to face, as they were pretty much bumbling their way through the season. A few moves later and they are now in a pretty good run of form that has seen them now go two series unbeaten. That may not sound like much, but considering how they were playing prior to the deadline, it’s pretty big news. The bad news for the Mariners coming into this one is that their best baseball this season has been reserved for the road. They are .500 on the road, and are 9 games under it at home. Regular service could well be resumed in this series if they revert back to form. Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.07 ERA) will get the start on Saturday. The Mariners have lost 5 in a row with Montgomery on the mound.
Key Betting Trends
- Texas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas’s last 8 games when playing Seattle
- Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Seattle’s last 8 games when playing Texas
The Rangers are picking up some momentum, but have struggled this season against the Mariners, winning only 1 of their previous 6 meetings. I think they will change that on Saturday with a win.