The Texas Rangers head to Seattle for a four-game set with the Mariners beginning on Thursday.
Sampson Looking For First Win
Adrian Sampson will get to open on top of the hill for the Texas Rangers. The 27-year old from Redmond, Washington has pitched four times this season with two starts and has a record of 0-1. The right-hander from Bellevue Community College in Washington has pitched a total of 18 innings with and has allowed 23 hits with 11 runs, four home runs, seven walks as 12 strikeouts.
Sampson has an ERA of 5.50 with a WHIP of 1.67 and BAA of .319. In his last outing, Sampson gave up two runs on seven hits with one home run while walking one and fanning 3 batters. The Rangers are 2-2 SU in the four games where Sampson has appeared.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with a batting average of .345 while left fielder Joey Gallo leads Texas with a total of 22 RBIs and 8 home runs on the season. As a team, the Rangers have scored a total of 122 runs while batting at .254 and slugging at .452. Texas has a .339 on-base percentage.
Odds from betonline.ag as of 4/25/19
Gonzales Unbeaten So Far
For the Seattle Mariners, Marco Gonzales gets the nod to start on top of the mound. The 27-year old left-hander from Fort Collins in Colorado has already logged in six starts this season and has an unbeaten record of 4-0 with an ERA of 3.32, a WHIP of 1.26 and BAA of .265.
Gonzales has pitched a total of 38 innings this season and he has allowed a total of 17 runs on 39 hits with three home runs while walking 9 batters and fanning 25 hitters. In his last outing last April 18th, Gonzales pitched 7 innings while giving up three runs on 8 hits with one home run. Although he did not factor in the decision, the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3.
Right fielder Domingo Santana leads the Mariners offense with 27 RBIs on the season. Santana also has the best batting average in the team at .308 while Jay Bruce has drilled a total of 9 home runs on the season. As a team, Seattle has scored a total of 163 runs and has batted at .263 with a slugging percentage of .510.
Entering Wednesday’s games, the Rangers are 6-4 SU in their last 10 games played. Texas is 0-2 SU in their last two games away from their home field. The Mariners are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games played. Seattle is 0-5 SU in their last five games played at home.
Texas is 1-4 in their last five road games versus a left-handed starter. The Rangers are 1-4 in their last Game 1’s of a series and they are also 0-4 in their last four road games against a team with a losing re home record. Meanwhile, the Mariners are 13-3 in their last 16 games against a starter with a WHIP higher than 1.3, 4-0 in their last four Thursday games.6-1 in Gonzales’ last seven starts on five days rest, 5-1 in Gonzales’ last six starts overall, 12-3 in Gonzales’ last 15 starts after a Quality Start in his last outing and 4-1 in Gonzales last five starts on grass. Gonzales is 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA against the Rangers.
Texas has decent offense but they don’t have quality lefty bats. Gonzales isn’t going to overpower the Rangers but he is going to pick them apart and take advantage of their high strikeout rate of 24%. Likewise, the Mariners look like they have the better offense between the two teams and Sampson looks like he is the kind of pitcher that Seattle likes to bat against.
I’m picking the Seattle Mariners to beat the Texas Rangers on 4/25/19
Other Bet To Make
The over is 12-10 in the Rangers’ first 22 games played this season. Texas has seen the total go under in five out of their eight road games played so far. The total has gone over in 17 out of the first 26 games of the Mariners this season. The over is 6-5-1 in Seattle’s dozen home games played so far.
O 8.5 -119
U 8.5 -101
Odds from betonline.ag as of 4/25/19
Both teams traveled to get to this game and both might be a little tired in this contest. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams and also 4-1 in the last five meetings in Seattle. Gonzales has allowed three or fewer runs in his six starts. I don’t expect this to be a high scoring game at all.
Prediction: Under 8.5