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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners - 6/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seattle Mariners (34-30) at Tampa Bay Rays (30-32)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

N Karns (5-2) (4.09) vs. D Smyly (2-7) (4.94)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -118 / Seattle Mariners +108 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


Down in sunny Florida at Tropicana Field, we’ve got another installment of the MLB series between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays coming on Wednesday.

This will be the second game of the mid-week set. In Tuesday’s opener, the Rays scored four times in the seventh inning to squeeze out an 8-7 win.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners - 6/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Wednesday’s game, the Mariners will be bringing out right-hander Nate Karns. In his 12 starts this year alongside a 5-2 record, Karns sits on a 4.09 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP in 66 innings. On Thursday, Karns had a relatively tough outing against the Indians, walking five and allowing one run in 4.1 innings for a no-decision.

It’s pretty easy to find the stars in the Seattle batting order. Robinson Cano leads the way on 78 hits with 49 runs, 18 homers and 51 RBI, all team-highs. Nelson Cruz is also playing well on 71 hits with 37 runs, 15 homers an 45 RBI. Kyle Seager has 67 hits with 38 runs, 12 home runs and 44 RBI thus far. Seager hit a two-run shot on Tuesday.

Over on the Rays’ side, we’ll be getting another look at lefty Drew Smyly. In his 12 starts and 2-7 record this year, Smyly holds a 4.94 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP across 71 innings. It’s been a while since Smyly has made a start (June 5), as he was skipped in his last rotation turn in order to hopefully improve his stats with a little rest.

We’ve got a pretty well-rounded crew in the Rays lineup. Evan Longoria is out front on 68 hits with 37 runs, 16 homers and 40 RBI. Longoria hit a three-run homer in Tuesday’s matchup. Steven Souza holds 54 hits with 26 runs and 25 RBI. Steve Pearce has 50 hits with 22 runs and 24 RBI alongside a nice .336 BA this year.

The Mariners are 7-3 in their last 10 Wednesday games, and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. Seattle is also 5-1 in Karns’ last six road starts and 8-3 in Karns’ last 11 starts overall.
As for the Rays, they’re 8-2 in their last nine overall, and 1-5 in their last six against a team with a winning record. Tampa Bay is also 1-5 in Smyly’s last six starts in game two of a series, and 5-1 in Smyly’s last six Wednesday starts.

Seeing as how Smyly hasn’t seen the mound in 10 days, I can’t fathom picking the Rays here. I’ll take Seattle for the victory.

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