Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7/1/2023 – [In an exciting matchup this Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Rays will take on the Seattle Mariners in the second game of their three-game series. The Rays, boasting an impressive record of 56-28, are riding a two-game win streak following a commanding five-run victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. With a remarkable 28 games above .500, Tampa Bay has established itself as one of the strongest teams this year. The Arizona Diamondbacks will lose this game, per the latest MLB betting odds.
Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7/1/2023
|When:||Saturday, July 1, 7:15 PM ET|
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Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays are on fire this season, boasting a remarkable 28 games above .500 record, as they head into their clash with the Seattle Mariners. With a two-game win streak, including a convincing five-run victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Rays show no signs of slowing down.
Their recent triumph over the Diamondbacks showcased the depth and strength of the Rays’ pitching staff. Zack Littell took the mound as the starter, delivering a stellar performance by not allowing a single run on just one hit across two impressive innings. Yonny Chirinos came in for relief, going six innings and conceding only one run on seven hits while securing the victory. Robert Stephenson closed the game with a flawless ninth inning, shutting down the Diamondbacks without allowing any runs or hits.
Tampa’s Incredible Offense
The Rays’ offensive prowess was also on full display, outshining their opponents with nine hits in 33 at-bats. Their ability to capitalize on scoring opportunities was the key, with three hits coming with runners in scoring position, resulting in six runs.
Standout performances came from Josh Lowe and Wander Franco, who combined for three hits in nine at-bats, and each drove in two runs. Harold Ramirez also contributed two hits in four at-bats, driving in an additional run. The offense got off to a strong start thanks to Luke Raley’s solo home run in the first inning.
Before this series, the Rays faced off against the first-place Diamondbacks and emerged victorious, improving their already impressive MLB-best record. Led by AL All-Star starters Randy Arozarena and Yandy Diaz, the Rays possess an explosive offense that ranks second in runs per game. Their ability to hit home runs, steal bases, and get on base consistently makes them a formidable opponent. Challenging this lineup is no easy task, as opposing teams must find a way to retire the Rays’ batters 27 times in a game.
Players to watch: Wander Franco SS (GP 77, AB 306, R 44, H 87, 2B 20, 3B 3, HR 9, RBI 38, TB 140, BB 28, SO 43, SB 25, AVG 0.284, OBP 0.345, SLG 0.458, OPS 0.803, WAR 4.1, Randy Arozarena LF (GP 79, AB 280, R 49, H 80, 2B 9, 3B 1, HR 14, RBI 54, TB 133, BB 45, SO 79, SB 9, AVG 0.286, OBP 0.401, SLG 0.475, OPS 0.876, WAR 2.6
As the Seattle Mariners prepare to face off against the formidable Tampa Bay Rays, all eyes will be on George Kirby as he takes the mound for his 16th start of the season on Saturday night. Despite experiencing some struggles, Kirby has been a consistent presence for the Mariners with a 3.26 ERA and a record just below .500. Throughout the season. He has given up 36 runs on 94 hits in 94 innings. Interestingly, Kirby has performed slightly better at home, boasting a 3.19 ERA after allowing only 16 runs on 39 hits in 42.1 innings pitched.
Seattle’s offense has found leadership in Ty France, who holds an impressive .273 batting average and leads the team with 84 hits in 78 games. Teoscar Hernandez brings the power element to the lineup, belting 15 home runs and scoring 35 runs. Eugenio Suarez leads the Mariners with 47 RBIs, while JP Crawford maintains an impressive .349 on-base percentage, setting the table for the team’s run production.
Mariners Struggle with Challenges
The Mariners face the challenges of a season marred by inconsistency and familiar rainy days. After breaking their playoff drought last year, Seattle has struggled to find their rhythm and entered this series on the back of four losses in their last five games. Offensively, the team has been a mixed bag, ranking 15th in runs per game despite a middling OBP and slugging percentage. While they possess home run threats, their overall hitting has been lackluster, and their high strikeout rate has been a concern.
On the pitching front, however, the Mariners have delivered. Currently ranked seventh in staff ERA, the Seattle pitching staff has been a bright spot for the team. Despite limited usage, the Mariners’ bullpen has been exceptional, featuring among the top five in ERA, FIP, and WAR as a cohesive unit.
Players to watch: Julio Rodriguez CF (GP 77, AB 319, R 47, H 77, 2B 14, 3B 1, HR 13, RBI 42, TB 132, BB 26, SO 91, SB 18, AVG 0.241, OBP 0.307, SLG 0.414, OPS 0.72, WAR 2.2, Ty France 1B (GP 78, AB 308, R 49, H 84, 2B 21, 3B 0, HR 7, RBI 35, TB 126, BB 19, SO 59, SB 1, AVG 0.273, OBP 0.34, SLG 0.409, OPS 0.749, WAR 1.4.
Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners Betting Numbers
Tampa Bay Rays
Over is 4-0 in Glasnows last four starts vs. American League West.
Over is 3-0-1 in Glasnows last four starts with five days of rest.
Ray’s over is 5-0 in the last five games, with the total set at 11.0 or higher.
Over is 5-0 in Ray’s last five road games, with the total set at 11.0 or higher.
Under is 6-0 in Ray’s last six games, with the total set at 6.5 or lower.
The Mariners are 0-4 in their last four during game 2 of a series.
The Mariners are 0-5 in Kirby’s last five starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
Mariners are 5-0 in Kirby’s last five home starts, with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
The Mariners are 1-6 in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 5-1 in Kirby’s last 6 Saturday starts.
Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners Betting Picks
With Kirby’s recent dominance, Seattle remains hopeful of toppling the Rays’ juggernaut. As they aim to find their rhythm and ignite their offense, Seattle understands that a victory against one of the league’s strongest teams would provide a much-needed boost. But the Tampa Bay Rays are much stronger and will be winning here, according to the best baseball betting lines.
Score Prediction: Rays 6, Mariners 2.