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5-16-2018 - Prediction & Preview

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#913 Texas
Rangers 9
#914 Seattle
Mariners -105

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 3:40pm

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Texas Rangers (16-26 SU, 17-25 ATS, 21-18-3 O/U) at Seattle Mariners (23-17 SU, 24-16 ATS, 24-16 O/U)

When and Where: Wednesday, May 16, Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash., 3:40 p.m. EDT.

It has been a while since Bartolo Colon has pitched in the Pacific Northwest, but the 44-year-old looks to make up for lost time and extend his mastery of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Wednesday when the Texas Rangers wrap up a two-game set there.

This will be the right-hander’s first game at Safeco since 2014, but Colon (1-1, 3.32 ERA) has not lost there since Aug. 24, 2001, when he pitched for the Cleveland Indians. Since that 4-1 defeat in which newly promoted Mariners bench coach Ichiro Suzuki went 3 for 5 and first-year Yankees manager Bret Boone hit a solo homer, Colon has gone a staggering 11-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 12 starts.

Colon takes mound looking for 242nd victory

Colon is looking to avoid a third consecutive winless start as he continues to defy his age eight days shy of his 45th birthday. The right-hander was reached for three runs and six hits in five innings by Detroit last Wednesday before Texas eventually posted a 5-4, 10-inning victory.

Colon, along with CC Sabathia are the only two active pitchers in the majors with more than 200 wins, has allowed more than three runs just twice in his six starts and his pitched at least five innings in all of them.

The veteran righty has 241 wins and can move ahead of Herb Pennock into sole possession of 53rd on the all-time victory list. He struggled in a start at home versus Seattle on April 21, yielding four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, but was in a line for a victory until Texas’ bullpen faltered in a 9-7 loss. Colon is 20-12 with a 3.89 ERA in 38 career starts versus the Mariners.

Dee Gordon is 14 for 35 (.400) with a homer and a double versus Colon, while Gordon Beckham, who was called up Monday to fill Cano’s spot on the roster, is 1 for 10. Nelson Cruz has taken him deep once while going 4 for 18 and Kyle Seager has been held to four singles in 27 at-bats.

M’s reeling from 80-game ban given to Cano

Though he was slated to miss at least six weeks with a broken hand after being hit by a pitch Sunday, the Mariners learned Cano will begin serving an 80-game suspension handed down by MLB on Tuesday for testing positive for furosemide, a diuretic that has been known to help mask banned substances.

Cano, who was batting .287 with four homers and 23 RBIs, is fifth among active players with 2,417 hits and is now ineligible for the postseason should Seattle qualify. While the Mariners called up Beckham, the team also announced Gordon will eventually move into that position.

Seattle has yet to announce a starting pitcher for this game given Saturday’s doubleheader disrupted its rotation.

Trends:

The Rangers are:

  • No trends of note.

The Mariners are:

  • 1-5 in their last six home games vs. right-handed starters.
  • 2-6 in their last eight Wednesday games.

The Rangers put veteran Adrian Beltre on the disabled list for the second time this season due to a hamstring. Beltre, who was activated from the DL last Wednesday due to the same injury, is hitting .314 with a homer and 12 RBIs.

Beltre, who is 23rd on baseball’s all-time hit list with 3,080, has moved up four spots this season with his 32 hits and is one shy of Cap Anson for 22nd.

Pick: Rangers

Chris Altruda

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.

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