Seattle Mariners (40-24) at Tampa Bay Rays (29-34)
|Date & Time||Sunday June 10, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +142 / Seattle Mariners -152 --- Over/Under: 7
The Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Seattle Mariners look to keep the ball rolling after winning seven of their last nine games. The Mariners have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Seattle Mariners have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 88 hits and 40 RBI while Mitch Haniger and Dee Gordon have combined for 126 hits and 62 RBI. James Paxton gets the ball, and he is 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. Paxton is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this month. The Rays have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost nine straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, C.J. Cron leads the Rays with 62 hits and 35 RBI while Matt Duffy and Wilson Ramos have combined for 116 hits and 46 RBI. Nathan Eovaldi gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. Eovaldi is 0-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series, 5-1 in Paxtons last 6 road starts and 8-3 in Paxtons last 11 starts. The Rays are 1-5 in their last 6 Sunday games, 0-7 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series and 3-8 in their last 11 games on astroturf. The Mariners are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay, 21-6 in the last 27 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Paxton has been one of the top pitchers in baseball this season, allowing three or less runs in each of his last eight starts and giving up just a .201 batting average. Paxton consistently gives the Mariners chances to win games whenever he's on the hill. Eovaldi has just 11 innings under his belt since the end of 2016, and he's coming off a poor performance against Washington. It's hard to trust the guy given such a small sample size and two major surgeries. The Seattle Mariners have also been one of the hotter teams in the league over the last month or so, and they don't lose two games in a row often these days. I'll take Seattle and the somewhat reasonable price.