J.A. Happ (3-1, 3.70 ERA) and Jake Odorizzi (4-5, 2.61 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Seattle Mariners (24-30) and the Tampa Bay Rays (29-26) at Safeco Field. The Mariners lost the last game 2-1, continuing a six-game losing streak. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 5 and can be seen on SunSports and ROOT-NW.
Happ is 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts against the Rays. Mark Trumbo (.264, 23 Rs, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Odorizzi is 1-1 with a 0.69 ERA against the Mariners in his career. He is up against a below-average Seattle offense that's batting just .237.
Seattle is a slim -110 favorite at home against Tampa Bay. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Mariners have an overall money line of -969 and a record as the favorite of 17-18.
In games where it is the underdog, Tampa Bay has a 15-14 record and an overall money line of +74. Tampa Bay's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.40 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 1.18 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, 3-1. The Mariners have a 19-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Odorizzi takes the mound. Happ (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have an 8-8 record against left-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 13-11 in one-run games. The Rays have a 7-10 record in close games.
The Rays are 2-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Mariners are 4-5 in such matchups.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mariners have an 8-19 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 5-17. The Mariners have a 9-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Tampa Bay ranks in the top half of the league at 13th when it comes to home runs, hitting 52 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five at fifth with 62.
Seattle and Tampa Bay both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Seattle sits at 13th with 8.00 hits per game and Tampa Bay ranks 12th with 8.15.
Seattle and Tampa Bay both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Seattle sits at 20th with an OPS of .689 and Tampa Bay ranks 19th with an OPS of .697.
The Rays are 13-18 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mariners are 10-25 when they allow at least one homer.