The reeling Texas Rangers need a win in the worst way, but the Seattle Mariners are almost a desperate. The Rangers will look to get back in the win column on Friday night when they hit the road to take on a Seattle Mariners squad that has had its own share of struggles recently despite getting a win the last time out. Now, let’ find out if the Rangers can get the much-needed road win in their series opener as well as the latest MLB betting odds.
A Closer Look At The Rangers At Mariners MLB Expert Predictions
When: Friday, May 5, 10:10 PM ET
Where: Safeco Field
TV: FSSW, ROOTNW
Radio: 105.3 The Fan, 710 ESPN
Live Stream: MLB.TV
Probable Pitchers: Texas – Yu Darvish – R (3-2, 3.03 ERA) / Seattle – Yovani Gallardo – R (1-3, 5.08 ERA)
MLB Odds: Texas Rangers – Y Darvish -r / Moneyline -130
Why Bet on the Texas Rangers
The Rangers are a good team to back in this contest because they’re completely desperate and have one of the most gifted hurlers in all of baseball going for them.
The good news for the Rangers is that right-hander Yu Darvish will take the mound after getting his start pushed back an extra day after throwing 125 pitches in his last start.
Darvish limited the Los Angeles Angels to two earned runs on three hits in 6.0 innings while striking out 10 in 6.0 innings of Texas’ 6-3 win on Saturday. The 30-year-old Japanese-born superstar has gone 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA over his last two starts and is 5-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 10 career starts against Seattle.
Why Bet on the Seattle Mariners
The Mariners are a good team to back in this matchup because they’ve been very good at home this season (7-4). Seattle snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Angels 8-7 on Wednesday night as Jean Segura smacked a two-run homer and a two-run single to highlight a four-run eighth inning. The win helped the M’s improve to 4-3 over their last seven games and 5-5 over their last 10.
Veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo will take the mound looking to shake off a poor outing in his last start after giving up four runs on six hits in six innings of a 4-3 loss to Cleveland on Friday. Gallardo has allowed an identical four earned runs in three of his five starts this season.
Analysis and Expert Prediction
Seattle may be playing at home in this contest, but I’m going to advise you to back the Texas Rangers to get the win behind a fine performance from Yu Darvish.
I know the Rangers have gone 0-5 in their last five road games and 0-4 in their last four games against a right-handed starter, but Texas I also 5-1 in Yu Darvish’s last 6 road starts and 4-1 in the right-hander’s last five starts during Game 1 of a series.
With Seattle going 1-4 in Yovani Gallardo’s last five starts, the Texas Rangers are the easy pick to get the road win in this one.