In the second of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (24-22) and the Seattle Mariners (24-22) at Tropicana Field, Alex Colome (3-1, 4.81 ERA) and J.A. Happ (3-1, 3.61 ERA) take the mound. The Mariners won the last game 4-1 and Seattle leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 26 and will air on ROOT-NW and SunSports.
In his last start, Colome pitched 5.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out three and walking one in a 3-0 victory over the Athletics. Logan Forsythe (.299, 16 Rs, 5 HRs, 21 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Rays, Happ is 2-2 with a 5.52 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 30 strikeouts. Nelson Cruz (.341, 29 Rs, 17 HRs, 35 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Tampa Bay is a small -115 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Rays are 12-10 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +187. Tampa Bay's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the AL. The Rays have a team ERA of 3.37, one of the lowest in their league. The Rays don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fourth in the league with a 1.17 WHIP. An area where the Rays are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average an AL-best 9.2 K's per home game.
On the other side, the Mariners have a subpar record of 5-9 when they are the underdog and are -708 overall with the money line. The Mariners are known for their power, smashing 55 home runs. Switching gears to Seattle's pitching staff, they have the fifth-lowest ERA in the AL at 3.79. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 7.8 strikeouts per game.
The only other game between the two teams went Seattle's way. This game will feature Happ (LHP) on the mound against the Rays, who have a 5-6 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Colome will take the mound against the Mariners, who have a 15-18 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Seattle is 8-6, while Tampa Bay is 9-8.
The Seattle batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. Tampa Bay has a record of 2-12 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 11-8. The Rays have a 19-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Tampa Bay ranks 24th with 173 runs and Seattle is 27th with 165.
Ranking 19th, Seattle is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 119 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top half at 15th with 136.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 16-12, well-matched with the Mariners who are 18-13 when hitting one or more homers.