Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Jake Odorizzi (3-4, 2.43 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (24-21) meet Roenis Elias (1-1, 2.76 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (20-23) in the first of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 25 and will air on ROOT-NW and SunSports.
In his most recent outing, Odorizzi pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out two and walking two in a 2-1 loss to the Braves. Brandon Guyer (.287, 14 Rs, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the Rays, Elias is 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA, five strikeouts and two walks. Kyle Seager (.270, 19 Rs, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Tampa Bay is a -139 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Rays are 12-10 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +287. The Rays rank second in the AL in ERA with a 3.29 team average. The Rays are fourth in the league in WHIP at 1.17. An area where the Rays are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average an AL-best 9.3 K's per home game.
Across the field, the Mariners have a subpar record of 5-8 when they are the underdog and are -602 overall with the money line. The Seattle pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 7.8 strikeouts per game.
This game will feature Elias (LHP) on the mound against the Rays, who have a 5-6 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the right-hander Odorizzi. They sport a 15-17 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Seattle is 8-6, while Tampa Bay is 9-8.
The Mariners managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are heading in with a 3-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 10-8. 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 21st with 172 runs and Seattle is 26th with 161.
Ranking 20th, Seattle is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 116 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top half at 15th with 133.
The Rays are 16-11 when they hit at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 17-13 record.