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Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (28-26) at Seattle Mariners (24-29)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

E Ramirez (3-2) (5.32) vs. Roenis Elias (2-2) (3.07)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -135 / Tampa Bay Rays +125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES, Sun

The Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays face off on Thursday at Safeco Field for game one of their MLB series.

The Seattle Mariners have lost their last five games and are sliding down the standings in the AL West. The Mariners are 12-16 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are 9.5 games back in the division. As a team the Mariners are hitting .238 with Nelson Cruz hitting .324, Kyle Seager hitting .279, and Logan Morrison hitting .245. The Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 3.84 with the starters at 3.87 and the bullpen at 3.77. For game one against the Rays the Mariners start Roenis Elias who has allowed 43 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 34 over 44 innings for a 2-2 record and a 3.07 ERA.

Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off of two wins in Los Angeles as they remain in the thick of the AL East race. The Rays are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 15-12 on the road, and they are a game behind the Yankees in the division. As a team the Rays are hitting .244 with Logan Forsythe hitting .285, Evan Longoria hitting .266, and Kevin Kiermaier hitting .233. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.39 with the starters at 3.29 and the bullpen at 3.57. For game one at Seattle the Rays start Erasmo Ramirez who has allowed 34 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 36 over 42.1 innings for a 3-2 record and a 5.53 ERA.

Seattle is 0-4 as a favorite, 1-4 against a right-handed starter, and 0-5 in Elias’ last five starts as a favorite. Tampa Bay is 2-6 in game one of a series, 2-6 against the AL West, and 4-1 in Ramirez’s last five starts. Tampa Bay is 0-6 in their last six games against Seattle.

I like Elias in the pitching matchup but Seattle has been under achievers and the Rays over achievers and I have to believe the Rays get it done here as well though it is a lean at best. 

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