Tampa Bay Rays (28-26) vs Seattle Mariners (33-22)Date : 06/02/2018
Time : 10:10 pm EST
Location : SafeCo Park, Seattle, Washington
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Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners
Game 2 of a 3-game series amongst the visiting Tampa Bay Rays and the hot Seattle Mariners will take place on Saturday night at SafeCo Park in Seattle, Washington, at 10:10 pm EST. The Rays have heated up lately winning 5 of their last 6 games yet continue to occupy 3rd place within the NL East. On the other hand, the Mariners have been stellar for quite some time, winning 9 of their last 11 contests. Currently, they are in 2nd place within the crowded and talented AL West, just 2 games behind the top-ranked team, Houston Astros. This will be the 1st matchup of 2018 amongst these two teams, however, the Mariners have won 5 of the last 6 meetings while winning 3-straight for the sweep on 6-2-2017 at SafeCo field.
Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :
The Tampa Bay Rays have won their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. After a 3-game series loss to the Boston Red Sox on 5-24-2018, the Rays would not only go on to win a 3-game home set against the Baltimore Orioles on 5-27-2018, they would also win the first 3 games of a road 4-game set against the Oakland Athletics.
The Rays are averaging 4.26 runs per game (17th) with a team batting average of .262 (3rd), 54 homers (25th), along with 33 stolen bases on the year (10th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.92 (13th) with 452 strikeouts (20th) and 17 quality starts (28th).
Mallex Smith (.286 BA on 161 AB), Joey Wendle (.286 BA on 112 AB) Adeiny Hechavarria (.267 BA on 131 AB) spearhead the offensive attack from the plate for the O’s while C.J. Cron (.269 BA on 212 AB), Matt Duffy (.311 BA on 161 AB), and Denard Span (.238 BA on 143 AB) are also critical to the Baltimore offense.
Blake Snell (7-3) has pitched 70.1 innings this season and allowed 21 runs on 47 hits, 8 homers, 23 walks, and 76 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.56. Chris Archer (3-3) has pitched 71.1 while allowing 35 runs on 69 hits, 9 homers, 24 walks, 70 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.29 for the season.
Seattle Mariners 's Latest Performance :
The Mariners have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. In a recent 4-game home series versus the Detroit Tigers, the Mariners won the last 3 games to win the set on 5-20-2018. They would take this momentum into their next series versus the Athletics and would pick up the 3-game series win on 5-24-2018, despite suffering the 4-3 loss in the finale. The Mariners would also get a 3-game home series win over the Minnesota Twins on 5-27-2018. In their most current, 4-game home series against the Texas Rangers, the Mariners find themselves down 2-games-to-1 with the deciding game of the series being held on 5-31-2018.
For the season, the Mariners are averaging 4.36 runs per game (12th) with a team batting average of .257 (6th), 60 homers (18th) along with 39 stolen bases (4th). Their pitching staff has certainly been inconsistent on the year with an ERA of 4.02 (15th) with 487 strikeouts (10th) along with 25 quality starts (10th).
Dee Gordon (.304 BA on 184 AB), Jean Segura (.333 BA on 222 AB), and Mitch Haniger (.276 BA on 196 AB) have been solid at the plate for the Mariners thus far. Kyle Seager (.226 BA on 217 AB) has also been pivotal to Seattle’s success this season.
Mike Leake (5-3) has pitched 65.2 innings while allowing 38 runs on 72 hits, 8 homers, 16 walks, and 39 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.93 while James Paxton (4-1) has pitched 74.2 innings while allowing 26 runs on 52 hits, 8 homers, 24 walks, and 95 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.13 for the season. Finally, Felix Hernandez (5-4) has pitched 66.1 innings this year while allowing 44 runs on 65 hits, 11 homers, 28 walks, and 55 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.83.
How Tampa Bay Rays & Seattle Mariners Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Rays are 30-24 ATS while the O/U is 25-26-3. On the other hand, the Mariners are 29-26 ATS while the O/U is 29-26.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This matchup will be the continuance of what should be a very competitive matchup against two teams that have played well recently. The Rays are now winners of 6 of their last 7 while the Mariners, despite losing 2-straight, are winners of 9 of their last 12 games. The pitcher for the Rays have not been announced yet, however, Marco Gonzales (5-3) will be making the start for the Mariners in game 2 looking to win his 3rd straight start. Wilson Ramos (2-2) and CJ Cron (0-3) have had little experience, yet, some success against Gonzales in the past. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how Seattle responds to the set of losses that they have had to endure recently. Keep in mind, the Mariners have not lost 3-straight games since a 4-game home loss to the Houston Astros on 4-19-2018.
Against The Spread Selection: Seattle Mariners
My reason for the pick :
It has been common for the Rays to have these types of stretches to where they win 5 or 6 in a row then fizzle out for a few games, only to reel off 5 more before they would, once again, sink back into obscurity for some time. With that being said, I will back the Mariners to win Saturday’s matchup simply because they have shown how great of a team they are minus their superstar. It is for this reason that the Mariners will indeed overcome their lackluster play against the resilient Rays win which to pick up a win and to, most importantly, end a mini-skid on Saturday. Also, expect Gonzales to also pitch another quality outing for the Mariners on their way to victory.
Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:
- Betting Trends for the Tampa Bay Rays
- The Under is 7-2 in Rays last 9 games
- The Under is 10-6-1 in Rays last 17 road games
Betting trends for Seattle Mariners :
- Betting Trends for Seattle Mariners
- The Mariners are 7-2 in last 9 home games
- The Mariners are 10-5 in last 15 games
- The Under is 8-2 in Mariners last 10 games