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Mariners vs Rays Baseball Game Preview

Seattle MarinersTampa Bay Rays
May 3, 1:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Seattle Mariners vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

11-15TEAM RECORD17-8

Baseball bettors look for value at Tropicana Field on Thursday as host Tampa Bay battles the Seattle Mariners in baseball odds action.

Tampa Bay hands the ball to starter Jeff Niemann in this one and he'll try to improve on his 1-3 mark on the year. Seattle counters with Kevin Millwood, who will try to quiet the fans and the Rays bats at the same time.

View Seattle vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Rays as -185 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Rays at No. 8 in the American League and the Mariners at No. 7 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 5 ranked American League offense (4.6 runs per game) against a Mariners defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 in the American League at 4.3 runs allowed per game. The Rays have been averaging 8.1 hits per game, less than the Mariners have managed so far this season (8.3 hits on average).

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 6 defense, allowing 4.1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Seattle's American League No. 7-rated defense.

In their last action, Seattle was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Rays. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -200 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Seattle looks to rebound from a loss to the Rays, who beat them 5-4 on Wednesday behind a start from James Shields at Tropicana Field.

Seattle Mariners Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

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

A few Mariners at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Seattle's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Seattle's last 16 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle's last 9 games on the road
Seattle is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Seattle
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle
Tampa Bay is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games

Next up:
Seattle home to Minnesota, Friday, May 4
Tampa Bay home to Oakland, Friday, May 4