In today’s betting guide, the Texas Rangers go for the series win against the Seattle Mariners, while the St. Louis Cardinals’ bats look to stay hot against the Chicago Cubs on the road.
Texas Rangers (-130) vs Seattle Mariners (+110)
The first two games of the series between the Rangers and the Mariners have been low-scoring and tightly contested and with the pitchers on the mound for both teams, it should be a perfect three-for-three in that regard. The Rangers have ace Martin Perez starting with his 1.42 ERA (earned run average) and 0.93 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched) but doesn’t have a high strikeout rate. George Kirby of the Mariners has a higher strikeout rate and peppers the strike zone, only walking three batters over 26 innings this season.
The batting for the Rangers is the problem, but big free agent signing Marcus Semien has finally appeared to be getting going offensively over the past two weeks. Seattle’s offense has been above average recently but will have a very tough time scoring runs against Perez regardless. The longer he stays in the game, the lower the score will remain. Take the Rangers and under (U7.5, +100).
Chicago Cubs (+110) vs St. Louis Cardinals (-130)
The Cardinals have great odds considering the team records, home/away record of the teams, divisional records, pitching matchup, and last 10 games. The Cardinals have eight more wins, six fewer losses within their division, have a much better record on the road (15-12) than the Cubs have at home (11-19), and won yesterday’s game against the Cubs but have split the series heading into today 2-2.
The Cardinals also happen to have Adam Wainwright starting for them opposed by Jordan Steele who is 1-5 with a 5.40 ERA and a concerning 1.58 WHIP. Steele can strike batters out, but it will be a very tall task to slow the bats of Paul Goldschmidt, one of the league’s hottest batters, and the Cardinals down in this one to improve his numbers at all. Take the Cardinals and the over (O8.5, -105).
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