Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

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The Seattle Mariners are set to square off against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. This AL matchup starts at 1:10 p.m. ET and fans can catch it on both RTNW and SUN.

Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds

Seattle (-155) is the favorite over Tampa Bay (+145) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 7 runs. Odds for wagering on the games total stand at -120 for the over and +100 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the odds standing at -110 for the Mariners -1.5 runs and -110 for the Rays +1.5 runs.

The Mariners are 40-24 SU and are 33-30 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 14.4 units for moneyline gamblers and 2.0 units ATS. Seattle is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Rays, on the other hand, are 29-34 SU and 31-31 ATS. They’ve lost 5.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.5 units ATS. Tampa Bay has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven.

Rays games have a 28-32-2 over/under record so far in 2018. Mariners games have gone over 32 times, gone under 31 times and pushed on zero instances.

James Paxton will get the nod for Seattle. The southpaw Paxton is 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA and 101 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rays this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Rays will put the ball in the right hand of Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.27 ERA), who has eight punchouts and two walks this season as well as a 0.55 WHIP. Eovaldi did not pitch in the majors in 2017.

Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The clubs starters have an ERA of 4.08, a WHIP of 1.20 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.6. The bullpen has a 3.91 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 8.3 K/9.

The Tampa Bay offense is putting up 4.1 runs per contest, including 3.2 per game over its last 10 games and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .244/.279/.396 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

First baseman C.J. Cron and third baseman Matt Duffy have led the Rays batters this year. Cron is hitting .257/.325/.473 with 14 home runs, 35 RBIs and 34 runs scored, and Duffy’s line sits at .319/.358/.419 with 61 hits, 17 RBIs and 12 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Seattle’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.97 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 7.73 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.61, along with a K/9 of 10.28.

Mariners hitters have slashed .257/.324/.414 on their way to 4.4 runs scored per game this season, including 4.5 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Seattle’s hitters have been led by shortstop Jean Segura and right fielder Mitch Haniger, who have combined to belt 18 home runs. Segura is slashing .342/.365/.486 with five home runs, 40 RBIs, 49 runs and 14 stolen bases, while Haniger (.272/.356/.504) has produced 13 homers, 47 RBIs and 31 runs scored.

The Mariners have gained 13.7 units and are 22-20 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 23 of those games, as opposed to 19 that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Rays have netted 1.3 units and are 12-9 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The overs hit in seven of those games, compared to 13 that went under the total.

Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Seattle has recorded 23.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22.8 over its last five.
  • The Mariners have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.