Tampa Bay has dropped seven of its last 10 games, including a 12-5 defeat to Seattle as +144 road underdogs Monday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive affair.
The Rays rank tied for 19th with 31 home runs this season, but they enter tonight’s action as one of just four MLB teams without a five-homer player.
It’s important to point out that the club has gone 22-14 in this series over the last four years, but it has dropped five of the last six meetings at this venue.
Looking to break out
Seattle has alternated wins and losses over its last seven games, but it could be poised to break that pattern after scoring a season-high 12 runs last night.
The Mariners will need a total team effort at the plate to pick up a victory, considering star second baseman Robinson Cano went 15 for 57 in his career against Tuesday’s opposing starter during his time with the New York Yankees.
MLB handicappers will find that the franchise has gone 9-4 in May, with the OVER going 7-5-1 in those 13 opportunities.
Rays starting pitcher David Price (3-3, 4.53 ERA) suffered a 3-1 home defeat to the Baltimore Orioles in his last trip to the mound—surrendering three runs and nine hits over nine innings.
The left-hander has been victimized by the long ball at times this season, as he’s allowed nine home runs in 53.2 frames.
Price received a no decision in a 5-4 home win in his only career start against the Mariners last season—the only AL opponent he has yet to beat.
Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0, 2.45 ERA) has picked up a victory in his first two starts, as he opened the season on the disabled list with a torn extensor tendon in his right middle finger.
The right-hander ranked third in the AL with a 2.66 ERA in 2013, which happened to be the fifth-lowest ERA in team history.
In two quality starts versus the Rays in his career, Iwakuma has yet to earn a decision and has put together a 3.86 ERA with 12 strikeouts.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Mariners as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 10-5 (+690) versus left-handed starters this season.
Pick: Seattle Mariners +102