|MLB Rangers vs. Mariners Picks & Predictions for Friday, September 21|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Friday, 21 September 2012 14:00|
Rangers vs. Mariners Free Pick
SEATTLE, WA (ATS Consultants) – This is the first game of a three game series. Texas is coming off taking 2 of 3 against the Angels, while the Mariners have lost four straight. Martin Perez takes the mound for Rangers, while Hisashi Iwakuma is on the hill for the Mariners. The opening pitch starts at 10:10pmET from Safeco Field.
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Rangers as a -130 favorite over the Mariners. The total is 7.5 in most books. The Rangers come in with a 89-60 record and are 65-78 Under, while the Mariners are 70-80 overall and are62-61 Over.
LINE MOVEMENT: he Rangers opened as a -130 favorite and remained there in most books. The total started at 7.5 and remained there in most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers currently placed on tonight’s game, 80% of public bettors favor the Mariners. These numbers are subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the “Public Betting” link available in this paragraph to get the most up-to-date information.
MLB FREE PICK: Take the Mariners. According to the latest MLB trends, Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win and are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game. Mariners are 4-0 in Iwakuma's last 4 home starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5, 6-1 in Iwakuma's last 7 starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5 and are 4-1 in Iwakumas last 5 home starts. The Texas Rangers enter the final two weeks of the season holding a four-game lead over the Oakland Athletics as they pursue their third consecutive American League West title. The Rangers will be without Josh Hamilton (42 homers) for at least the series opener. The Rangers will start 21-year old Martin Perez, who has been coming out of the bullpen. Iwakuma gave up two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings last time out at Texas. Iwakuma has been much better at home, with an ERA exactly two runs lower at Safeco Field (2.57) than on the road. You get a nice value with the Mariners at home.
FRIDAY MLB FREE PICK: SEATTLE MARINERS +120