Felix Hernandez (2-2, 2.21 ERA) is on the hill for the Seattle Mariners (18-13) as they square off against Matt Moore (1-3, 4.95 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (15-14) in the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 9 and can be seen on SUN and RTNW.
Hernandez pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering eight runs (four unearned) and striking out one in a 9-8 win over the Athletics. Robinson Cano (.305, 20 Rs, 12 HRs, 33 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Moore went 4.1 innings, surrendering seven runs, striking out two and walking three in a 10-5 defeat to the Dodgers in his last outing. Steven Souza Jr. (.277, 13 Rs, 7 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Seattle and Tampa Bay are Mariners -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
For the fifth time this season, the Mariners registered at least two errors in a game.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Mariners are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Rays have a 6-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 2-9. The Mariners have a 3-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking eighth in home runs, Tampa Bay has hit 39 this season. Seattle ranks fifth with 42 home runs.
Ranking 29th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.48 per game. Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with 8.23.
Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.701). Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .728.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 5-13. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 12-9 record.