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Baseball Matchup - Seattle Mariners Tampa Bay Rays Odds Preview

Tampa Bay RaysSeattle Mariners
June 2, 10:10 PM | GrassSafeco Field

Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Tampa Bay duelling Seattle on Thursday at Safeco Field.

The Mariners will rely on Felix Hernandez to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while James Shields will be his counterpart for the Rays. Felix Hernandez is 5-4 this season, and James Shields is 5-3.

View Tampa Bay vs Seattle Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Mariners as -130 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 6.5.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 11 (Mariners) and the No. 6 (Rays) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Seattle's No. 13 ranked American League offense (3.5 runs per game) against a Rays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 in the American League at 3.8 runs allowed per game. The Mariners have been averaging 7.7 hits per game, less than the Rays have managed so far this season (8.2 hits on average).

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. 3 mark in runs allowed.

Tampa Bay was a 3-0 loser in its last match at home against the Rangers. They lost as -142 favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors. Tampa Bay didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Colby Lewis in a losing cause, 3-0, against Texas on Wednesday.

The Mariners were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Orioles. That made winners of bettors who got Baltimore at +145 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Seattle looks to rebound from a loss to the Orioles, who beat them 2-1 on Wednesday behind a start from Brian Matusz at Safeco Field.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Seattle are 8-2
After playing Texas are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Seattle Mariners Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After playing Baltimore are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Rays at Mariners trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Seattle
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Seattle
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
Tampa Bay is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Seattle is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
Seattle is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Seattle, Friday, June 3

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