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The Seattle Mariners will play host to the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field. The opening pitch is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET and this AL showdown will be televised on both RTNW and SUN.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners Odds

Tampa Bay (+115) is entering this one as the underdog to Seattle (-125) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this night game at 7.5 runs. The odds for betting on the games total sit at -125 for the under and +105 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the runline odds standing at -180 for the Rays +1.5 runs and +160 for the Mariners -1.5 runs.

The Rays are 28-27 SU and have gone 28-27 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 1.6 units for moneyline gamblers and 2.2e-16 units ATS. Tampa Bay has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The Mariners, on the other hand, are 34-22 SU and 30-26 ATS. They’ve gained 9.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.6 units ATS. Seattle has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Neither team has been a strong over/under bet this season. Seattle games have an over/under record of 29-27 so far in 2018. Tampa Bay has an over/under record of 26-27-2.

Chris Archer is getting the nod for Tampa Bay. The right-handed Archer is 3-3 with a 4.29 ERA and 70 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Mariners this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Mariners will send lefty Marco Gonzales (5-3, 3.60 ERA) to the mound. Gonzales has 53 strikeouts and 15 walks to his name, as well as a 1.33 WHIP. Gonzales did not record a start against the Rays in 2017.

Seattle’s pitching staff has allowed 4.2 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have a 4.14 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.66 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 10.4 K/9.

The Seattle hitters are putting up 4.4 runs per contest, including 3.5 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over their last five. The team has hit .312/.354/.447 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Mariners hitters have been led by shortstop Jean Segura and outfielder Dee Gordon. Segura is hitting .339/.354/.487 with four home runs, 37 RBIs, 41 runs and 12 stolen bases, while Gordon is hitting .302 with 57 hits, 13 RBIs, 26 runs and 16 stolen bases.

For the visitors, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.02 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 8.38 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.95, along with a K-per-9 of 8.48.

Rays hitters have slashed .261/.335/.403 on their way to 4.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the teams last five outings (4-1 SU).

First baseman C.J. Cron and catcher Wilson Ramos have led Tampa Bay’s offense. Cron is slashing .270/.335/.484 with 12 home runs, 32 RBIs and 32 runs scored, while Ramos (.313/.360/.482) is up to seven homers, 28 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

Maintaining a slash line of .244/.261/.600 across 46 plate appearances, Cron seemed to enjoy hitting lefties on the road last year (compared to his overall season line of .248/.305/.437).

The Rays have gained 3.4 units and are 12-7 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in seven of those games, as opposed to 11 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Mariners have netted 10.7 units and are 20-17 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 21 of those games, as opposed to 16 which went under the total.

Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Mariners, ATS Winner – Rays, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The Rays have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.
  • Tampa Bay has recorded 20.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22.0 over its last five.