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Mariners open as moneyline underdog vs Rays

Tampa Bay RaysSeattle Mariners
July 31, 4:10 PM | GrassSafeco Field

Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners Odds

55-51TEAM RECORD45-61

Seattle will try to be nasty hosts on Sunday when the Tampa Bay Rays pay a visit to Safeco Field.

It's a pitching duel between Jason Vargas for the Mariners (6-9 on the year) and Jeremy Hellickson for Tampa Bay (9-7 so far).

View Tampa Bay vs Seattle Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Rays listed as favorites of 105 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Mariners sit at No. 11 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rays sit at an American League No. 8 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Seattle owns the No. 14 ranking for hits in the American League at 7.5 per game. By contrast, the Rays are rated No. 13 in the same category at 8.2 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Seattle has the American League's No. 2-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the American League's No. 6 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Mariners on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Mariners at -114 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rays were saddled with a loss last time out in Alex Cobb's start, as they lost 3-2 against Seattle on Saturday at Safeco Field.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Seattle Mariners Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Oakland are 7-3
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

A few Rays at Mariners trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 12 games when playing Seattle
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Seattle's last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Seattle's last 11 games
Seattle is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Seattle's last 12 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Toronto, Tuesday, August 2
Seattle home to Oakland, Monday, August 1

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