Seattle Mariners vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 8/2/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Mariners vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Monday, August 2, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (+157) Tampa Bay (-170)
Michael Wacha and the Tampa Bay Rays (63-42, 1st in AL East) play the Seattle Mariners (56-49, 3rd in AL West) at Tropicana Field on Monday. The Mariners open this matchup at +157 while the Rays are priced at -170. The O/U is set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Chris Flexen and Michael Wacha.
As a squad, the Seattle Mariners are compiling 4.2 runs per contest, which ranks them 20th in MLB. They have a total of 445 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .297. The Mariners have earned 142 two-baggers as a team and have smacked 133 balls out of the park. They have accumulated 428 runs batted in as well as 752 base knocks for the season, and their team batting average is sitting at .221. Seattle is slugging .383 and have been called out on strikes 1,002 times, while drawing a walk on 337 occasions.
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The Mariners have an ERA of 4.54 on the campaign (19th in the league), and the staff has rung up 865 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 330 opposing players and their FIP sits at 4.26 as a squad on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.62 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.30. Mariners pitchers have allowed 124 long balls and 500 total runs (20th in the league).
The Mariners relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 60.4% and has come into the game in 106 save situations. The relievers have inherited 133 base runners for the season and 29.3% of them ended up crossing the plate. Mariners relief pitchers have entered the contest with opponents on base 98 times in addition to having 112 appearances in high leverage situations. The Mariners have sent 367 relief pitchers to the hill for the season. The bullpen have recorded 58 holds over the course of the season (8th in the league). They have 29 saves so far this season and have blown 19 of 48 save opportunities.
The Mariners have turned 69.4% of balls in play into outs out of their 8,304 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 18th in baseball. The Seattle Mariners have a total of 2,768 putouts this season, as well as 934 assists and 53 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .986 which has them sitting 6th in professional baseball, and have accumulated 762 double plays.
Flexen has taken the ball for 176 frames and has tallied 118 K's thus far in his career. Flexen (12-16 record in his career) has a FIP of 4.95 while he has faced 788 hitters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 5.45 (107 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.591. He has conceded 205 hits (10.4 hits per nine innings) with 76 free passes.
The Rays have a slugging percentage of .407 and they average 5.03 runs per outing (4th in the league). They have hit 182 doubles, while walking 392 times and scoring 528 runs. Tampa Bay has hit 135 long balls this season to go along with 501 RBIs. They have struck out on 1,055 occasions (1st in the league) and are sitting with 832 base hits. The Tampa Bay Rays have recorded a team OBP of .316 as well as a team batting average of .234 for the season.
The Rays are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.143 and are the owners of a FIP of 3.67 as a squad this year. They are currently ranked 11th in baseball as a staff in total hits relinquished with 792. The Tampa Bay pitching staff have yielded 417 runs over the course of the season and come in with a team ERA of 3.53 (371 earned runs conceded). Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 3.45 (996 strikeouts vs 289 free passes). They have yielded 116 long balls and they allow 3.97 runs per 9 innings (4th in MLB).
Tampa Bay bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 30.6% out of 108 inherited runners. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 129 times in high leverage situations and on 89 occasions with base runners. Sitting with 102 save situations, the Rays have earned 60 holds and also 13 blown saves. They rank 5th in MLB holding a save rate of 67.5%, and they have dispatched 338 relievers onto the diamond for the season. Tampa Bay has called on relief pitchers to enter the game in 40 save opportunities and they have walked away with 27 saves.
The Tampa Bay Rays have twisted 87 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .986 (7th in the majors). The Rays have racked up 903 assists, 54 errors and are sitting with 2,838 putouts during this campaign. In their 8,514 innings on the diamond, the Rays have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 70.7% (6th in pro baseball).
Wacha (62-45 career record) has a 4.07 earned run average and has allowed 9.0 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.64 and he has gone up against 4,148 batters in his career. He has conceded a total of 440 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.332 and having a FIP of 4.1. In his MLB career, Wacha has conceded 969 base hits while he has tallied 862 K's in 973 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-170)
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