MLB Betting Lines: Rangers vs. Mariners Free Pick
As we hit the dog days of August, we look to the Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners for tonight’s Free Pick with MLB betting lines courtesy of the BetOnline.com sports betting website. The Rangers are simply the better team in this contest so feel free to load up!
MLB Betting Lines: Rangers vs. Mariners Free Pick: Texas (65-51) is looking to build on their slim 1.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, while Seattle (49-65) is counting down to the end of another miserable season.
First pitch for this American League West baseball wagering action is slated for 8:05 PM ET on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.
Mariners @ Rangers: MLB Game Day Preview
This contest has miss-match written all over it as the Rangers enter tonight’s action as the second best hitting team in baseball with a .277 batting average (Boston .282). For their part, the Mariners sit dead last in the league with a .228 team batting average.
Texas has scored 589 runs while Seattle has plated just 376 runs. In fact, the M’s are the only team in MLB that has not reached 400 runs scored.
Texas will send RHP Alexi Ogand (11-5 2.88 ERA) to the hill tonight and he will be opposed by the Mariners rookie phenom RHP Michael Pineda (9-7 3.53 ERA).
Ogand has allowed three runs or less in his last eight appearance and has won four of his last six games. Pineda has been the lone shining star in the Mariners bleak 2011 season but he is starting to shows signs that he has hit the rookie wall.
Though his last start (one earned run vs. the Rays) was impressive, Pineda has allowed 20 earned runs in his last four appearances.
MLB Betting Lines – Texas vs. Seattle Free Pick
Scanning our odds comparison app, the best betting lines for this contest can be found in the sportsbook at the BetOnline.com sports wagering website.
Though we are somewhat concerned that Pineda could cool off the Texas bats (41 runs for in their last seven games) the rookie may be rusty after a nine game layoff as the Mariners are limiting his late season innings pitched count.
Texas is 9-2 straight up against Seattle this season and they have covered the last five contest by a combined 26-4 score, including two shutouts.
The Rangers need to win games like this down the stretch if they hope to maintain and build on their AL West Division lead. Texas can score in bunches while Seattle can’t – we see a big betting advantage in the Lone Star State tonight!
Take the Rangers over the Mariners at -1.5 (+110) on the BetOnline Point Spread!