Seattle Mariners (78-61) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (85-55)
Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays 9/8/23 – As the MLB season kicks into high gear, Seattle Mariners (78-61) and Tampa Bay Rays (85-55) are set to meet for an exciting late-season contest on September 8th at 6:40PM ET at Tropicana Field, broadcast live by BSSUN.
The Seattle Mariners are currently standing at a respectable 78-61, aiming to solidify their position for the playoffs. With a batting average of .245, the Mariners have managed to score 669 runs this season. Their offensive capabilities are further enhanced by 187 home runs and a slugging percentage of .421. On the pitching end, their ERA is a commendable 3.72 with 1247 strikeouts, reflecting a balanced team that can put up a tough fight.
The Tampa Bay Rays, on the other hand, are flying high with an 85-55 record, indicating their robust form this season. Their batting average is .259 with 746 runs and an impressive 202 home runs, showing superior offensive firepower. With a comparable ERA of 3.8 and 1272 strikeouts, the Rays’ pitching is also something to reckon with. The Rays’ stronger numbers suggest they might have a slight edge in this matchup. For more insights, check out our free winning baseball picks.
Mariners vs. Rays Game Info
|When:||Friday, September 8, 2023 at 6:40 PM ET|
George Kirby (10-9, 3.39 ERA) vs. Taj Bradley (5-7, 5.42 ERA)
George Kirby has been a stalwart for the Mariners this season, posting a W-L record that seems to have been reported in error, but his other stats tell a vivid story. With an ERA of 3.39 and a WHIP of just 1.05, Kirby has demonstrated that he can keep runners off the basepaths and minimize damage when he does let them on. In his 159.1 innings pitched, he has allowed only 153 hits, which speaks to his effective pitching and field positioning. Perhaps most impressively, Kirby has managed to rack up 145 strikeouts while limiting himself to just 14 walks. His control and pitch selection have been phenomenal, allowing him to navigate through lineups effectively. With 18 home runs allowed, Kirby does tend to be a bit susceptible to the long ball, but his overall performance makes him a formidable force on the mound.
Taj Bradley, on the other hand, presents a more complex picture. His W-L record also appears to be incorrect, but his ERA of 5.42 and WHIP of 1.42 suggest a season of struggles. Despite this, he has notched up 106 strikeouts in just 79.2 innings pitched, indicating that he has the ability to put away hitters when he’s in control. However, the 31 walks he’s allowed show that control has been a more significant issue for him than for Kirby. What stands out for Bradley is the number of home runs allowed: 14 in fewer innings than Kirby. This implies that when Bradley makes mistakes, they often cost him dearly. His high-strikeout, high-risk style of pitching could either make or break the game for the Rays. If he’s on his game, he could be untouchable; if not, he could be the linchpin for a Mariners offensive onslaught.
MLB Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay Rays -115, Total Odds: 11
According to the odds, the Mariners’ Moneyline stands at -103, while the Rays are at -115. The Mariners Spread is -1.5 (+153) and the Rays Spread is +1.5 (-192). The total for the game is set at 7.5, with the over at (-114) and the under at (-114). Considering the stats and the current form of both teams, the Rays seem to be a safer bet here
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners have posted an impressive 14-6 straight up record over their past 20 games, showing solid recent form. Unfortunately, however, against Tampa Bay they have struggled, going 3-6 straight up (SU). Additionally, their road record remains concerning as they’re 2-5 straight up (SU) over their last seven road games played against them.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay has been on an incredible streak, going 11-4 SU in their last 15 games and 4-1 at home over that span. While the total has gone OVER in five of six meetings with Seattle Mariners at home, it has actually come in under.
Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays 9/8/23 Betting Picks
Based on current form, team stats, and starting pitcher analysis, the Tampa Bay Rays appear to be the more rounded team. George Kirby’s impressive stats for the Mariners make them a potential dark horse, but Taj Bradley’s higher ERA makes us slightly skeptical about the Rays’ pitching. That said, the Rays’ stronger batting lineup could tip the scale in their favor. This high-stakes MLB game promises to be a thriller, and for those looking to bet on this exciting matchup, consult for the latest odds and trends. For guaranteed sports picks, be sure to check for expert insights.
Free Pick and Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays will win 6-5.