Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Archer vs. Taijuan Walker
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Safeco Field on Wednesday to play the Seattle Mariners. The probable starters are Chris Archer for the Rays and Taijuan Walker for the Mariners. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at -109 and Seattle at -101. The over/under was set at 7. The Rays have a 7-19-4 over/under record and a 14-16-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Mariners are 17-15-0 against the run line and have a 10-18-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Rays head into this matchup with a 15-15 record, including 6-6 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Archer has a 2-4 record with an earned run average of 4.23 and a WHIP of 1.51. He has 49 strikeouts over his 38.1 innings pitched and he has given up 41 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.21. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have given up 71 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .218 against the bullpen while being struck out 75 times and walking 32 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 7.59 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.84 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.52. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 224 base hits and 104 earned runs. They have allowed 34 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 83 batters and struck out 261. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.16 and their FIP as a unit is 3.77.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .225, good for 30th in the league while putting together a .237 average away from home. The Rays hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .295 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 30th in baseball with 7.37 hits per game. Logan Forsythe comes into this game hitting .308 and his on-base percentage is at .398. He has 33 hits this season along with 16 runs scored and 12 runs batted in. He's struck out 26 times and has walked 14 times. Evan Longoria is hitting .240 and he has an on-base percentage of .279. He has totaled 29 hits so far while scoring 15 runs and he's driven in 16. He has walked 6 times and has struck out 30 times. The Rays have 221 hits, including 50 doubles and 41 home runs. They've stolen 15 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Tampa Bay has walked 80 times this season and they've struck out 281 times as a unit. They've left 196 men on base and have a team OPS of .698. They score 3.47 runs per contest and have scored a total of 104 runs so far this year.
Seattle comes into this matchup with a 6-7 home record and a 19-13 overall mark. With an earned run average of 1.97, Taijuan Walker has a 2-2 record and a 1.03 WHIP. He has 29 strikeouts over the 32 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 30 hits. He has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.94. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.45 and they have given up 60 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .176 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 106 times and walking 32 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 7.56 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.47 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.04. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 241 base knocks and 97 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 31 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff has walked 91 hitters and struck out 270. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.16 while their FIP as a staff is 3.66.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .206 average at home. The Mariners hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.25 hits per contest. Nelson Cruz comes into this matchup batting .261 and he has an OBP of .360. He has 30 hits this year along with 13 runs scored and 17 RBI. He's struck out 28 times and has walked on 14 occasions. Robinson Cano is hitting .301 and he has an OBP of .350. He has collected 40 hits so far while he's scored 20 runs and drove in 33. He has earned a walk 9 times and has punched out 19 times. The Mariners as a unit have 265 base hits, including 42 doubles and 43 homers. They have 12 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. Seattle as a team has walked 106 times this year and they have struck out 251 times. They've had 217 men left on base and have an OPS of .730. They score 4.38 runs per game and have totaled 140 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 7-19-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 14-16-0 against the run line so far this season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 10-18-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 17-15-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
04/10/16 P Chase Whitley Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Brad Boxberge Abdominal 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Alex Cobb Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
05/07/16 P Taijuan Walker Neck "?" for next scheduled start
05/04/16 P Tony Zych Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (5/2)
04/25/16 P Joaquin Benoit Shoulder 15-day DL (4/25)
04/04/16 P Charlie Furbush Bicep 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Evan Scribner Oblique 15-day DL (3/25)
03/30/16 C Jesus Sucre Leg 60-day DL (3/1)
03/30/16 P Ryan Cook Shoulder 60-day DL (3/12)
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays
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