Seattle Mariners vs Texas Rangers MLB Opening LinesDate/Time: Friday, September 18, 2015 8:05 PM ETVenue: Globe Life Park, TexasTV: FSSWRadio: 105.3 The Fan, 1540am ESPN Deportes (Sp.)Opening Lines: Texas -145, Seattle +135
Some will say that what we have seen over the past couple of weeks is a collapse by the Houston Astros, but that would be doing a total disservice to the Texas Rangers (78-67). This is a team that has been relentless since the trade deadline, and who have somehow been able to haul themselves to the top despite having a -13 run differential. They are in fact the only division leading team to be in that position, but you get the feeling that they will very likely be in the green by the time the season comes to a close.Management has to get a lot of the credit for what has taken place in Texas, as the trades that were made are what seem to have lit a fire under these guys. The Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and have opened up a game and a half lead on the Astros. Yovani Gallardo (12-10, 3.35 ERA) has only been handed a single loss in his last 10 starts.There were a lot of people who balked at the idea of the Mariners (71-76) handing Nelson Cruz a huge contract at the age of 34, but he is one of the few players on this team who has lived up to expectations. It has, for much of the season, been something of a one man show, which is not what Seattle was expecting at all. This has been a season of underachievement, and you get the sense that Cruz will be the only player on this roster who is 100% safe once the wheeling and dealing begins in the offseason.Seattle do seem to be in the mood to play spoiler, though, having just taken 2 of 3 from the Wild Card chasing LA Angels. This looks to be a much tougher proposition, though, as the Rangers seem to be a team on a mission. James Paxton (3-4, 3.82 ERA) was absolutely hammered the last time he faced the Rangers, giving up 10 hits and 7 earned runs.
When your friend says they can’t come to the game tonight. pic.twitter.com/vl8BO4LtzT— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) September 17, 2015
Key Betting Trends
- Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Texas’s last 12 games
- Texas is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas’s last 9 games at home