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2021 MLB Handicapping
(43-27) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners (35-36)
Date: Friday, June 18th, 2021
Time: 10:10 PM ET
Venue: T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington
Projected Pitchers: Michael Wacha (TB) vs Yusei Kikuchi (SEA)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rays -115 | Mariners +105
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Tampa Bay -1.5 (+100)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 7.5
It is the opening contest of a four-game set when the Tampa Bay Rays travel cross country to take on the Seattle Mariners on Friday.
Tampa Bay lost their second game in a row when they fell to the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon, 8-7.
Seattle dropped the series finale 7-2 against the Twins but were able to win the first two game and the series.
Shed Long Jr. hit a tying double in the bottom of the ninth inning and pinch-hitter Kyle Seager singled home the winning run to rally the Seattle Mariners past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Thursday night.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays lost their last 2 games against the Chicago White Sox and lost their best record in baseball mantle in the process. Chicago overtook Tampa atop the American League so I expect the Rays to lock back in this series.
The Rays are led by DH Austin Meadows with 15 homers and 50 runs driven in. Brandon Lowe has 12 homers and 30 runs driven in, but he is hitting just .200 with 46 hits in 230 at bats.
The Rays will start right-hander Michael Wacha. Wacha is 1-1 with a 4.54 ERA in 11 appearances, 7 of which are starts. He has served primarily as an opener, not making it into the fourth inning in either of his last 2 starts.
The Mariners have been a very middle of the road team this season. Seattle has split their last 10 games overall and sit squarely in the middle of the AL West, but 9 games back from the Athletics for first place.
Seattle is led by Mitch Haniger with 16 home runs and 40 RBI’s. Kyle Seager is second on the team with 13 home runs and 40 RBI’s.
Yusei Kikuchi will go for Seattle. The left-hander is 3-3 with a 3.67 ERA in 12 starts. Kikuchi was brilliant in his last outing, allowing 0 runs in 7 innings against Cleveland.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Rays are 43-27 overall
- Rays are 24-13 on the road
- Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 games as the road favorite
- Mariners are 35-36 overall
- Mariners are 20-15 at home
Free Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
This should be a great pitching matchup, even if Wacha is only in the contest for a brief period of time. Tampa Bay has a solid bullpen, and so this should be a very close game.
However, I give Kikuchi a significant edge here. He has been excellent this season. The lefty has improved with each month, and I look for him to have a big outing in this contest.
Take the Mariners to get to .500 on the season with the win.
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