The Seattle Mariners go for a second straight win when they take on the host Tampa Bay Rays in the second of a three-game series on Tuesday night. The first pitch for this one is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Seattle took the series opener 8-2 on Monday night to snap a two-game losing streak. The Mariners improved to 57-50 and are in third place in the American League West standings, sitting three games behind the second-place Oakland Athletics and 4½ games ahead of the fourth-place Los Angeles Angels.
The Rays had a four-game winning streak snapped with Monday’s loss, falling to 64-43. Tampa Bay is on top of the AL East, leading the second-place Boston Red Sox by one game and the third-place New York Yankees by seven games.
If you want to bet on this contest, the MLB odds have the Rays with a moneyline of -155, while the Mariners are listed at +140. The over/under for the game has been set at eight runs.
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Change in Fortune
The Mariners came into Monday night’s game off two straight walk-off losses to the last-place Texas Rangers over the weekend. But that bad luck ended against Tampa Bay as Seattle improved to 5-0 in the season series.
“You’re going to have some highs and lows,” third baseman Ty France said after Monday’s win. “Yesterday, we hit some balls hard right at people, and today, they dropped. It’s just how it goes.”
France was a triple short of the cycle on Monday night, finishing with three hits and three RBIs. France is batting .277 with 24 doubles, 11 home runs, 48 RBIs and 54 runs scored.
Kyle Seager had a single and an RBI in Monday’s win to extend his hit streak to eight games. Seager leads Seattle with 66 RBIs, adding 17 doubles, a triple, 22 home runs and 44 runs scored.
Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi will be on the mound on Tuesday, bringing a 6-6 record and 4.01 ERA to his 20th start. Kikuchi has 124 strikeouts and 38 walks in 114.1 innings of work.
The 30-year-old picked up a win in his first start against Tampa Bay this season, going seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits. He’s lost his last three decisions, including a meeting with Houston on Wednesday in which he lasted five innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits, including a home run, while striking out seven and walking two.
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The Rays will turn to right-hander Luis Patino on Tuesday. The 21-year-old is 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA, striking out 36 and walking 10 over 31.2 innings in six starts and eight overall appearances.
Patino is coming off a brilliant performance against the Yankees on Thursday, throwing six shutout innings and allowing just three hits while striking out eight and walking two. That came after he allowed a combined nine runs over 10.2 innings in his first two starts of the month.
Outfielder Randy Arozarena had the second home run in his last three games on Monday night. The 26-year-old is batting a team-best .261, hitting 19 doubles, a triple and 15 home runs while driving in 49 runs and scoring a team-high 64 times.
Second baseman Brandon Lowe was 0-for-4 in the series opener but did drive in a run. He leads the Rays with 23 home runs while batting .221 and adding 16 doubles, 55 RBIs and 58 runs.
Rays Bounce Back
Tampa Bay is playing too well to get swept by the Mariners again. Look for much more offense from the Rays in this oneas they even up the series with a victory at home.
When making your MLB betting picks, take Tampa Bay to get the win on Tuesday night.