Taijuan Walker (2-2, 1.97 ERA) takes the mound for the Seattle Mariners (20-13) as they go up against Chris Archer (2-4, 4.23 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (15-16) in the last of a three-game series at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 6-4, and Seattle leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 3:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 11 and will air on RTNW.
In his last start, Walker pitched 2.0 innings, allowing three in a 6-3 loss to the Astros. Robinson Cano (.307, 21 Rs, 12 HRs, 33 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Rays were victorious the last time Archer pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out six and walking two in a 5-2 victory over the Angels. Steven Souza Jr. (.265, 14 Rs, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Mariners -110 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The previous two games have all gone Seattle's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
Tampa Bay has won 60% (6-4) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 67% (10-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Mariners have a 1-1 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 2-11. The Mariners have a 3-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top five of the league based on total home runs this season, Seattle ranks third with 45 homers and Tampa Bay is fifth with 44.
Ranking 30th, Tampa Bay is at the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.37 per game. Seattle ranks in the top half with 8.25.
Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.700). Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .736.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 5-15. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 14-9 record.