Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/12/14
Tampa Bay Rays (16-21) at Seattle Mariners (19-17)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
Cesar Ramos (L) (1-1) (3.223) vs. Felix Hernandez (R) (3-1) (2.735)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -168 / Tampa Bay Rays +158 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners will play game one of a three-game series at Safeco Field on Monday night.
The Rays have lost five of their last six games and are six games below .500, easily becoming one of the most disappointing teams in all of baseball. The Rays pitching continues to let them down by allowing four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Rays have only 12 quality starts in 38 games this season. Offensively, James Loney has 13 hits in his last 10 games. Getting the start Monday will be Cesar Ramos, who is 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA and has 19 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. This is Ramos’ first career start against the Mariners.
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The Mariners have won seven of their last 10 games and are one game above a .500 record. While the Mariners have had issues scoring runs this season, they have produced four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Mariners, however, are 6-11 this season when allowing more than three runs. Robinson Cano has 13 hits in his last 10 games and Dustin Ackley has three homers in his last two games. Felix Hernandez will get the nod, and he’s 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA and has 53 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. Hernandez is 4-2 with a 2.04 ERA in 11 career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 3-7 in their last 10 games as an underdog. The Mariners are 2-6 in Hernandez's last 8 starts with 4 days of rest and 1-5 in Hernandez's last 6 home starts. The Mariners are 8-0 in Hernandez's last 8 home starts vs. Rays.
It's not worth taking the Mariners moneyline in this matchup, which is why I advise you to take the runline. The Mariners have been automatic with Hernandez on the mound against the Rays. There's no reason to think the Rays stand a chance in this game with their lack of offense.