Seattle is once again depending exclusively on its starting pitchers to win a series against a divisional rival, but they started on the wrong foot. Texas took an early lead in the opening game and never let go, a scenario that the Mariners will try to avoid in the second game of the series.
Odds: Winner Sports 2.00
Iwakuma has a great percentage this season, winning two thirds of the 18 decisions despite the fact that his teammates didn’t support him with many runs. Lately he struggled to give his team a fighting chance and he is worthy of praise for limiting opponents to less than three runs per game. The Rangers will give him a run for his money after scoring eight runs in the opening game, not to mention that they will have a reliable starting pitcher of their own.
Despite posting remarkable numbers, Iwakuma lost the previous duel with Derek Holland, a pitcher who is yet to concede a run at Safeco Field. He played for a total of 23 innings in Seattle and was stellar in every single game, but his recent results suggest that he is not playing his A-game. Unlike his counterpart who can’t rely on his teammates, Holland has the safety net of a potent offensive but this advantage is offset by a less reliable bullpen. Relievers were tagged for multiple runs against the White Sox this weekend and were responsible for the Rangers losing the series.
Seattle sends a great pitcher to the amount, plays at home and has a decent head-to-head record with the Rangers, still Winner Sports prices them at even odds. Value seeking punters will appreciate this opportunity and will count on Iwakuma to lead his Mariners to another home victory.