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MLB Betting Pick & Prediction: Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers

September 29, 2023




Game one of the series was exciting as the Mariners scored two runs, including the winning run, in the bottom of the 9th with two outs to keep them in the Wild Card race in the American League. The Rangers still maintain their lead in the AL West and have a 2-game lead over the Houston Astros for the lead in the division, keeping their magic number to clinch the division at two games. Which team will come away with the win in game two of the series on Friday night? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The Texas Rangers enter this game with a record of 89-70 which puts them in 1st place in the AL West and gives them a two-game lead over the Houston Astros for 1st place in the division. Texas has compiled a record of 14-12 in September which includes a 2-3 loss in game one of the series against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. Adolis Garcia and Leody Taveras accounted for both runs by hitting one-run home runs.

Seattle enters this game with a record of 86-73 which puts them in 3rd place in the AL West and puts them 3 games behind the Texas Rangers for 1st place in the AL West and 1 game behind the Houston Astros for the final Wild Card spot in the American League. The Mariners have compiled a record of 10-16 in September but are coming off Thursday’s 3-2 win at home against the Texas Rangers. Two of the runs for the Seattle Mariners came in the 9th inning when Cal Raleigh and Dylan Moore scored off a double hit by J.P. Crawford.

BookMaker has the Seattle Mariners listed as -115 money line favorites at home against the Texas Rangers for game two of the series on Friday night. Texas has won eight of the last ten and two of the last three games in the series while winning by an average margin of 2.3 runs per game over the last ten and .67 runs per game over the last three contests.

Texas will have the advantage at pitcher on Friday as the Rangers will send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound while the Mariners will send Bryan Wood to the mound for game two of the series. Eovaldi is 12-4 this season with a 3.26 ERA while recording 127 strikeouts while Woo is 4-5 on the year with an ERA of 4.39 and has recorded 88 strikeouts.

Nathan Eovaldi is 1-0 with two no-decisions in his last three starts this season while allowing 10 runs and recording 12 strikeouts in those matchups with his last start coming at home against the Seattle Mariners in which Eovaldi allowed five runs while recording six strikeouts in a win.

In his last three starts this season, Bryan Woo is 2-1 while allowing a total of six runs and recording 20 strikeouts in those starts with his last start coming on the road against the Texas Rangers in which Woo allowed six runs and struck out six batters in a loss.

Texas enters this game with a better record and has been the better team in the series, winning eight of the last ten and two of the last three games. The Rangers have won by an average margin of 2.3 runs per game over the last ten and .67 runs per game over the last three games in the series. Eovaldi’s last start against the Mariners resulted in a win while Woo’s last start against the Rangers resulted in a loss. As a result, I am taking the money line for the Texas Rangers at -105 on BookMaker for this matchup on Friday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Texas Rangers Money Line (-105)