Felix Hernandez (8-2, 2.63 ERA) takes the hill for the Seattle Mariners (24-31) as they square off against Alex Colome (3-2, 5.05 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (30-26) in the third of a four-game series at Safeco Field. The Mariners lost the last game 1-0, continuing a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 6 and can be seen on SunSports and ROOT-NW.
Hernandez is 6-2 with a 1.94 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 118 strikeouts against the Rays. Nelson Cruz (.322, 32 Rs, 18 HRs, 39 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. When pitching against the Mariners, Colome is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and three strikeouts. Logan Forsythe (.282, 25 Rs, 7 HRs, 25 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Seattle is a -173 favorite against Tampa Bay and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at six runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -1,094 and a record as the favorite of 17-19. Seattle is a disappointing 2-5 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Opposing offenses that come to Safeco Field have been stifled by the Mariners, who have a team ERA of only 2.97 at home.
In games where it is the underdog, Tampa Bay has a 16-14 record and an overall money line of +189. Tampa Bay's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.35 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Rays are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.17 for the season. The Rays have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.6 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Mariners lead the season series, 3-2. The Mariners have a 19-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Colome takes the mound. Hernandez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a 20-18 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Under
In their last game, the Rays won by a margin of one run. The Mariners are 13-12 in one-run games. The Rays have an 8-10 record in close games.
Seattle has won 50% (8-8) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Tampa Bay has won 53% (10-9) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Mariners are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rays have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
The Rays are coming into the game with four consecutive wins, while the Mariners currently have a losing streak of seven.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 12-11. The Rays have a 21-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Seattle ranks 29th with 193 runs and Tampa Bay is 24th with 210.
Seattle and Tampa Bay both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Seattle sits at 19th with 151 this season and Tampa Bay ranks 17th with 156.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 21-15. When the Rays hit at least one homer, they have a 21-14 record.