MLB Matchup Insight M’s vs. Rangers Game 2
The Seattle Mariners have gotten off to a good start. They entered Monday night with a 3-1 record and as this is being written they are ruining the debut of touted Japanese import Yu Darvish – scoring 4 runs on him in the first inning.
Seattle Mariners vs Texas Rangers
Tuesday April 10
The Ballpark at Arlington – Arlington, TX
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, ROOT Sports (Seattle), Fox Sports Southwest (Texas)
Odds by Bovada
Moneyline: Rangers -240
*MLB Matchup Report*
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Blake Beavan (2011: 5-6, ERA 4.27) vs. Rangers RH Neftali Feliz (2011: 2-3, ERA 2.74)
It might be too early to make a definitive call but it appears that this team has more offense than recent teams. If they can keep it up they can hang around longer than expected in the AL West.
That extra offense starts at the top of the M’s lineup where Chone Figgins, who has been a total bust since coming to Seattle, is off to a good start. He and second year second sacker Dustin Ackley are providing chance for Ichiro to thrive in his new role as # 3 hitter.
This team is still lacking power but they just might slap hit you to death and they have speed to put pressure on the defence.
The start of Yu Darvish Monday night was highly anticipated but so is Tuesday’s game with the first start of converted closer Neftali Feliz.
In some ways his performance is even more important than Darvish because if he struggles they will have to figure out if it still makes sense to keep him in the rotation.
The Mariners gave a rude welcome to Darvish and you can be sure they will look to do the same to Feliz, a pitcher they are much more familiar with.
The Rangers will be looking to crack Mariners starter Blake Beaven at the same time. Beaven had little trouble with the Rangers last year giving up just 3 runs and 10 hits in 14 innings against Texas.
Look for Mitch Moreland to be in the lineup, he is the only player on the Rangers who has gone yard against Beaven.
The Rangers might be at a disadvantage if their bullpen get used up Monday night so keep an eye on it.
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O/U Pick: Under
Score Prediction: Seattle 5 – Texas 4
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