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Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick 9/6/13

Tampa Bay Rays (77-61) at Seattle Mariners (63-76)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

Alex Cobb (R) (8-3) (2.825) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (R) (12-6) (2.921)

The Line: Seattle Mariners +102 / Tampa Bay Rays -112 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Northwest, SUN

The Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays face-off on Friday in Seattle.

The Seattle Mariners continue to build their team and while it looks like they may be far off from getting back to the post season, they might not be all that far. The Mariners are 4-6 in their last 10 games and 31-38 at home this season. As a team, the Mariners are hitting .241 with Kyle Seager hitting .283, Kendrys Morales hitting .280, and Raul Ibanez hitting .256. For Friday’s game, Seattle starts Hisashi Iwakuma, who is 12-6 with a 2.92 ERA on the season and 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his last three starts.

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Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick 9/6/13

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The Tampa Bay Rays are in the last city of their West Coast road trip and it is a road trip they want to forget. The Rays are 3-7 in their last 10 games and 33-36 on the road this season. As a team, the Rays are hitting .260, with James Loney hitting .303, Wil Myers hitting .286, and Ben Zobrist hitting .277. For Friday’s game in Seattle, the Rays starts Alex Cobb, who is 8-3 on the season with a 2.82 ERA and 1-1 in his last three starts with a 2.29 ERA.

Seattle is 2-6 in their last eight games as an underdog, 1-4 in their last five games overall, and 2-5 in Iwakuma’s last seven starts. Tampa Bay is 17-9 in their last 26 games as a road favorite, 0-4 in game one of a series, and 20-8 in Cobb’s last 28 starts. Tampa Bay is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings of these two.

The Rays are looking worn out from this trip and facing Iwakuma here isn’t going to help them any.

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