A Closer Look At The Rangers At Mariners MLB Expert PredictionsWhen: 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 RangersThe 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. Texas has lost four straight and seven of their last nine games overall and comes into this series opener against Seattle coming off a humbling 10-1 smackdown loss against Houston on Wednesday.
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 MarinersThe 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 PredictionSeattle 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.