Roenis Elias (2-2, 3.07 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (24-29) meet Erasmo Ramirez (3-2, 5.53 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (28-26) in the first of a four-game series at Safeco Field. The Mariners go into this series on a five-game losing streak. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 4 and will air on SunSports, ROOT-NW and MLB.
In his most recent outing, Elias pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, striking out three and walking four in a 4-3 loss to the Indians. Kyle Seager (.279, 22 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rays were victorious over the Orioles 3-0 the last time Ramirez pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out seven and walking one. Brandon Guyer (.292, 17 Rs, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run and one stolen base.
Seattle, a -135 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Tampa Bay. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. The Mariners are 17-18 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -969.
On the other side, the Rays have a record of 14-14 when they are the underdog and are -34 overall with the money line. They have the lowest ERA in the AL at 3.38. They have a WHIP of 1.17 on the year, good for third in the league. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 8.6 strikeouts per game.
The previous three games have all gone Seattle's way. This game will feature Ramirez (RHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have a 19-23 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rays will be the left-hander Elias. They sport a 7-8 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
The Rays won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Mariners are 13-10. The Rays are 6-10 in close games this season.
When the Rays play into extra innings, they have a 2-2 record. The Mariners are 4-5 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rays managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are heading in with a 3-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 4-17. The Mariners have a 9-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Tampa Bay ranks in the top half of the league at 12th 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 14th with 7.94 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 .690 and Tampa Bay ranks 18th with an OPS of .700.
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.