MLB Preview – Tampa Bay Rays @ Seattle Mariners

MLB Preview – Tampa Bay Rays @ Seattle Mariners

9:10pm) Tampa Bay Rays @ Seattle Mariners

 Finally, we have a coast-to-coast battle in Seattle to close the night. The Mariners will be seeking a win to split the series against a surging Tampa Bay Rays team. The Mariners currently sit 25th overall in the league, 14th in the American Conference, and fourth in the American Conference West division. The Rays are faring much better, sitting twelfth overall in the league, sixth in the American Conference, and second in the American Conference East division.

 The Tampa Bay Rays are still on the edge of being one of best American Conference teams again this season, and they are staking their claim by besting the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Orioles, sitting just a single game behind the Yankees in their division. Their quality has been demonstrated over their last eight games, winning six of them. Two wins against the Mariners, Orioles and Angels. Their run support hasn’t been elite by all means, 27th in the league for runs scored with 210, but that has been accounted for with elite pitching. That will be the case tonight as superstar pitcher Chris Archer gets the start on the mound, sitting with the 7th best ERA in the league at 2.01. Archer may be the most in-form pitcher in Baseball right now, not allowing more than one run in his last four starts, not allowing more than two runs in his last five starts, and only allowing 3 or more runs in two of his last ten starts.

 The Mariners are displaying mediocrity against this season and are largely underachieving considering the sheer talent on their roster. Inconsistency across all components has been an issue. This has spoke volumes about the single win they got in their last game in their last eight contests. Run support has been a huge weakness as they sit in the penultimate position in the league for runs, with a feeble 195, and they’ve only crossed fourth base ten times in their last six games. Mike Montgomery gets his second career start on the mound following allowing a single run over six innings in his first ever start, taking his ERA to 1.50.

The Mariners are falling very far behind in a conference which has teams playing some fantastic ball from first to tenth. If they want to taste some success this season, things will have to change now. The Rays will need to keep up their strong performances if they want to stay in the playoff hunt, and I think they do just that tonight. As the saying goes, defence wins games, and this pitching match-up to me just seems unfair for two low scoring teams. The smart pick is siding with the team with the hottest pitcher, and for that reason, you can’t look past the Rays who are riding the bionic arm of Chris Archer right now. Rays to win.

Dan Glozier.

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