Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays Matchup

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The Seattle Mariners are ready to square off against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET and this AL matchup will be televised on either RTNW or SUN.

Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays Odds

Tampa Bay (-130) is favored over Seattle (+120) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this game at 7.5 runs. Odds for betting on the games total sit at -120 for the under and +100 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the odds sitting at -175 for the Mariners +1.5 runs and +155 for the Rays -1.5.

The Mariners have gone 40-23 SU this year and are 32-30 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 13.4 units for moneyline bettors and 1.0 unit ATS. The Rays, on the other hand, are 28-34 SU and 31-30 ATS. They’ve lost 4.4 units for moneyline bettors and 1.4 units ATS.

Rays games have a 28-31-2 over/under record so far in 2018. Mariners games have gone over 32 times, gone under 30 times and pushed on zero occasions.

Felix Hernandez is getting the nod for the visiting Mariners. The right-handed Hernandez is 6-4 with a 5.33 ERA and 62 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 1.13 ERA against Tampa Bay this year.

The Rays will put the ball in the left hand of Blake Snell (7-3, 2.36 ERA, 0.94 WHIP), who has 88 punchouts and 23 walks. Snell is 0-0 with 12 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in one start against Seattle this year.

As a unit, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff has allowed 4.3 runs per game overall this season. The clubs starting pitching staff has a 4.13 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.92 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 8.3 K/9.

Tampa Bay’s offense has put up 4.0 runs per contest, including 2.9 per game over its last 10 games and 2.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .215/.256/.344 over its last five matchups and is 0-5 SU during that span.

The Rays batters have been led by first baseman C.J. Cron and third baseman Matt Duffy. Cron is hitting .257/.325/.473 with 14 home runs, 35 RBIs and 34 runs scored, while Duffy’s line sits at .316/.355/.406 with 59 hits, 16 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

For the visiting squad, Seattle’s pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.89 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 7.75 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.66, along with a WHIP of 1.21 and a K-per-9 of 10.31.

Mariners hitters have slashed .257/.323/.415 on their way to 4.4 runs scored per game this year, including 4.7 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Shortstop Jean Segura and right fielder Dee Gordon continue to lead Seattle’s offense. Segura is slashing .340/.361/.486 with five home runs, 40 RBIs, 47 runs and 14 stolen bases, while Gordon (.285/.306/.367) is up to one homers, 15 RBIs, 27 runs and 19 stolen bases.

The Mariners have gained 0.8 units and are 11-10 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to 12 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rays have lost 6.8 units and are 19-22 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 21 of those games, as opposed to 19 which went under the total.

Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in four of Seattle’s last seven games.
  • The Mariners have won seven of their last eight games SU.
  • Seattle has posted 23.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 20.2 over its last five.
  • Both teams have hit 12 home runs over their last 10 games.