Major League Baseball Selection

By Jeff Frank, Sports Analyst
2014 MLB Regular Season Record: 6-4; +235 units

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SEATTLE (7-6) AT TEXAS (7-7), 8:05 PM (ET)
TV: ROOT-NW, FSN-SW
Felix Hernandez (RHP) vs. Yu Darvish (RHP)


Felix Hernandez has been one of the better pitchers in the game since arriving in Seattle in 2005. However, almost one-quarter of his career losses have come against Texas. He's 113-86 lifetime but 12-20 versus the Rangers. Furthermore, Fernandez went 0-4 against them a year ago with an ERA of 7.57. This season he is 3-0 overall but he hasn't faced Texas yet.

Yu Darvish is 1-0 in 2014 and has not allowed a run. The right-hander has pitched 15 innings giving up just eight hits and walking two. He's also struck out 15. Last season, he faced Seattle three times with one win and one loss and a 2.61 ERA. However, at home against the Mariners, he was 1-0 with an ERA below 2.00.

Texas has won four of the last five meetings with Seattle, including last night's 5-0 shutout. Expect another home victory with Darvish on the hill.

SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take Texas at -120.

PITCHING TRENDS REPORT

Felix Hernandez (3-0, 2.11)
Lifetime record vs. opponent: 12-20, 4.18
2013 record vs. opponent: 0-4, 7.57
2014 Profit/Loss: +323

Yu Darvish (1-0, 0.00)
Lifetime record vs. opponent: 3-3, 4.78
2013 record vs. opponent: 1-1, 2.66
2014 Profit/Loss: +200

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