July 31 Prediction: Mariners vs Rangers, King Felix Starts Three-game Series Against Hamels

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The Texas Rangers will go head to head against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers slated Felix Hernandez (4.08 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) on the mound to open their three-game series against Mariners’ Cole Hamels (3.97 ERA, 1.12 WHIP). Can the Rangers outperform the Mariners at home?

Pitchers

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Hernandez has been performing in a respectable pace with a 5-4 record. His last game ended with a no decision after allowing four runs, a homer, and two walks while striking out four batters in over five frames against the Boston Red Sox. King Felix’s latest highlight is his last outing against the New York Yankees last July 21 when he only conceded a homerun and two walks while fanning nine batters in over seven innings despite losing against them.

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On the other hand, Hamels has been performing well with a 5-1 record. He gave up four runs, a dinger, and two walks in a win against the Miami Marlins in his last match. The only loss he has for this season happened last July 20, when he allowed two walks and seven runs on nine hits, while three were homers in over five innings against the Baltimore Orioles. Plus, he plays better at home (2.88 ERA) than away (5.00 ERA).

Batters

 

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Among the Rangers’ batters, Elvis Andrus has had the most success against Hernandez. Andrus faced King Felix multiple times; he holds a total of 10 runs and 15 RBI with a good .292/.355/.333 line and .688 OPS in 96 at-bats against the righty. Plus, Andrus has been getting a decent number of runs (7) and dingers (3) recently.

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While Robinson Cano has had the most success against Hamels among the Mariners’ batters. He has a relatively good .281/.281/.563 line and a .844 OPS against the Rangers’ starting pitcher throughout his career. Plus, Cano performs decently with a respectable .246/.295/.373 line and .667 OPS against left-handed pitchers.

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Prediction

Hernandez’s latest outing against the Rangers was last April 14 when he only allowed a run in over seven frames earning him a win with a 2.95 ERA for that game. On the other hand, Hamels ended his last game against the Mariners with a no decision and a 3.50 ERA after conceding four runs, a homer, and two walks in five innings last April 16.

King Felix has quite a lot of career appearances against the Rangers’ offensive lineup. If he can take advantage of that experience then he might be able to prevent the Rangers from scoring runs. However, Hamels has been showing spectacular performances; he might add another win to his record if he can outplay the Rangers.

Projected Winner: Seattle Mariners

 

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