Seattle Mariners (38-23) at Tampa Bay Rays (28-32)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 7, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +113 / Seattle Mariners -123 --- Over/Under: 8
The Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays meet Thursday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Seattle Mariners look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Mariners have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Seattle Mariners have won 14 of their last 19 games when scoring at least two runs. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 83 hits and 39 RBI while Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger have combined for 131 hits and 57 RBI. Mike Leake gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 4.71 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. Leake is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays could use a victory here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Rays have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last six games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, C.J. Cron leads the Rays with 61 hits and 33 RBI while Matt Duffy and Wilson Ramos have combined for 108 hits and 45 RBI. Ryne Stanek gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Stanek is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one strikeout in his career against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League East, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 5-0 in Leakes last 5 starts. The Rays are 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games, 0-4 in their last 4 vs. American League West and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The Mariners are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Tampa Bay, 19-7 in the last 26 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Seattle Mariners have been one of the hotter teams in the league over the last month or so, and they just held their own against a good Houston Astros. The Tampa Bay Rays are back to looking like the team we expected to see before the season and their pitching staff has gotten lit up the last few days. Stanek has just two career starts under his belt, and while Leake has been hit hard much of the season, the M's have actually won five straight with him on the mound. Give me the hotter team on the road and the cheap price.