Tampa Bay Rays (28-27) vs Seattle Mariners (33-22)Date : 06/03/2018
Time : 4:10 pm EST
Location : SafeCo Park, Seattle, Washington
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Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners
The finale of a 3-game series amongst the visiting Tampa Bay Rays and the hot Seattle Mariners will take place on Sunday afternoon at SafeCo Park in Seattle, Washington, at 4:10 pm EST. The Rays continue to heat 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 10 of their last 13 contests. Currently, they are in 2nd place within the 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-striaght for the sweep on 6-2-2017 at SafeCo field.
Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :
The Tampa Bay Rays have won 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. 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 a 4-game road set against the Oakland Athletics on 5-31-2018, despite lose the finale by a score of 7-3.
The Rays are averaging 4.24 runs per game (19th) with a team batting average of .261 (4th), 54 homers (25th), along with 33 stolen bases on the year (10th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.99 (15th) with 461 strikeouts (19th) and 17 quality starts (28th).
Mallex Smith (.279 BA on 165 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 (.270 BA on 215 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. On 5-31-2018, the Mariners would end up tying a 4-game home series against the Texas Rangers by winning game 4 by a score of 6-1.
For the season, the Mariners are averaging 4.39 runs per game (11th) with a team batting average of .259 (6th), 61 homers (18th) along with 39 stolen bases (5th). Their pitching staff has certainly been inconsistent on the year with an ERA of 3.96 (15th) with 495 strikeouts (9th) along with 25 quality starts (11th).
Dee Gordon (.302 BA on 189 AB), Jean Segura (.339 BA on 224 AB), and Mitch Haniger (.270 BA on 200 AB) have been solid at the plate for the Mariners thus far. Kyle Seager (.223 BA on 220 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 30-25 ATS while the O/U is 26-26-3. On the other hand, the Mariners are 30-26 ATS while the O/U is 29-27.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The finale on Sunday will certainly be important for both teams as the Mariners look to close out the series on a positive note while the Rays seek to do the same while also creating some distance between them and the struggling Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East. The pitcher for the Rays have not been announced, however, Felix Hernandez (5-4) will come to the mound for the Mariners in the finale. Hernandez has not pitched as well this season as compared to prior seasons, however, he remains to be a force on the mound for Seattle. C.J. Cron (.111 BA on 18 A), Carlos Gomez (.455 BA on 11 AB), and Joey Wendle (.200 BA on 5 AB) have the most experience and success against Hernandez in the past while Wilson Ramos (1-3), Matt Duffy (1-3), and Brad Miller (0-3) also has a bit of experience facing the right-hander in their respective careers.
Totals Selection: Over
My reason for the prediction :
The Rays have really been able to pick up some solid wins recently, while the Seattle Mariners are also hot at this point in the season. I feel as though this game could swing one way or the other, however, I see the total as the play in this matchup on Sunday, particularly the over. With both offenses averaging 4.4 runs per game in their last 5 games along with the fact that ‘King” Felix has not only given up his share of runs in his last 5 starts (4.6 runs/game), but, the over has been the play in 5 of his last 6 outings. It is for this reason that I will side with the over as this will certainly be a game where runs will be scored from teams that are now very locked in at the plate.
Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:
- Betting Trends for Tampa Bay Rays
- The Rays are 9-2 in last 11 road games
- The Under is 4-1-1 in Rays last 6 road games
- The Under is 8-3 in Rays last 11 games
Betting trends for Seattle Mariners:
- Betting Trends for Seattle Mariners
- The Mariners are 5-2 in last 7 home games
- The Under is 5-2 in Mariners last 7 home games
- The Under is 9-4 in Mariners last 13 games