9:40 pm
September 9

Braves @ Mariners

Who will WIN this matchup?

Atlanta Braves (86-51)

@ Seattle Mariners (77-60)


Starting Pitchers:

Morton (ATL): 7-5; 4.01 ERA

Ray (SEA) 12-8; 3.45 ERA


Current odds:

Atlanta Braves: (-118)

Seattle Mariners: (+101)


• The starting line-up for the Braves is as follows:

• The starting line-up for the Mariners is as follows:

• Seattle Mariners fans have never experienced a World Series. And with the Mariners having failed to make the postseason since 2001 — the longest drought in North America’s four major professional sports — they had few reasons to dream about one, either. That could change this weekend, when the defending champion Atlanta Braves arrive in Seattle riding a seven-game winning streak. The Mariners currently hold one of the American League’s three wild-card berths.

• Left-hander Robbie Ray (12-8, 3.45 ERA) is scheduled to start the series opener for Seattle. Ray, who won the AL Cy Young Award last season with Toronto before signing with the Mariners as a free agent in the offseason, has won his past four starts while yielding a 1.05 ERA. Ray hasn’t allowed a run over his past two appearances, including six scoreless innings Saturday in a 4-0 victory at Cleveland. Ray is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in six career starts against Atlanta.

• The Braves plan to counter with veteran right-hander Charlie Morton (7-5, 4.01), who is coming off an 8-1 victory last Friday against Miami in which he allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/ 3 innings. Morton is 5-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 10 starts against Seattle.

• The Mariners had a rare defensive blemish Wednesday, committing three errors that led to six unearned runs in a 9-6 defeat to the visiting Chicago White Sox despite two home runs by Eugenio Suarez. It was just the second loss for the Mariners in their past 10 games.

• The Braves are a half-game behind the New York Mets in the NL East but have a double-digit lead atop the league’s wild-card standings. Atlanta won 7-3 on Wednesday at Oakland as rookie Spencer Strider overcame a rough start, while Vaughn Grissom and Dansby Swanson homered.

StreakSmarter Pick
Atlanta Braves