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The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners meet Friday in MLB action at T-Mobile Park. The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Seattle Mariners need a win after losing eight of their last nine games.
The Tampa Bay Rays have scored 17 runs in their last three games and three or fewer runs in four of their last eight games. The Rays have split their last eight games when scoring three or fewer runs. Wander Franco leads the Rays with 30 hits and 14 RBI, while Manuel Margot and Yandy Diaz have combined for 45 hits and 18 RBI. Josh Fleming gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 6.32 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. Fleming is 1-1 with a 4.73 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Seattle Mariners have scored five runs in their last three games and three or fewer runs in five of their last six games. The Mariners have lost 10 straight games when scoring three or fewer runs. Ty France leads the Mariners with 34 hits and 21 RBI, while J.P. Crawford and Adam Frazier have combined for 57 hits and 22 RBI. Logan Gilbert gets the ball, and he is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Gilbert is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Mariners are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 1-7 in their last 8 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Rays last 5 overall. The over is 8-3 in Mariners last 11 home games. The Rays are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in Seattle and 9-21 in the last 30 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Rays and plus money is appealing given how they’re playing right now, but Fleming has been rough this season to start. Logan Gilbert is also probably the best pitcher in baseball at this moment, allowing 18 hits and two earned runs in 28 innings while striking out 27. The Mariners need to stop the bleeding soon, and it’s hard to step in front of how well Gilbert has pitched up to this point. Give me the Mariners and the cheap price.