6:40 pm
April 27

Mariners @ Rays

Who will WIN this matchup?

Seattle Mariners (11-6)

@ Tampa Bay Rays (9-8)


Starting Pitchers:

Gonzales (SEA): 1-1; 3.29 ERA

Rasmussen (TB) 0-1; 5.25 ERA


Current odds:

Seattle Mariners: (+119)

Tampa Bay Rays: (-141)


• The starting line-up for Seattle is as follows:


• The starting line-up for Tampa is as follows:

• Ty France just keeps hitting for the Seattle Mariners, who continue their three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. France drove in two runs on Tuesday in Seattle’s 8-4 victory in the series opener. The reigning American League co-player of the week is 18-for-38 (.474) with four home runs and 15 RBIs over his past nine games.

• The timing has been excellent lately for the entire Seattle team, which has won four straight and seven of its past eight games.

• The Rays struggled to generate any offense against Mariners starter Logan Gilbert on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed just two hits over 5 2/3 scoreless innings in the win. Gilbert has given up one earned run over his first 22 1/3 innings covering four starts.

• Seattle will next turn to left-hander Marco Gonzales (1-1, 3.29 ERA), who received a no-decision after allowing six runs (two earned) over 4 2/3 innings against the Texas Rangers last Thursday. Gonzales, 30, owns a 13-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 13 2/3 innings in three starts this season. He is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in five career starts against Tampa Bay.

• The Rays are expected to start right-hander Drew Rasmussen (0-1, 5.25 ERA), who allowed two runs on four hits over three innings against the Chicago Cubs on April 20. He threw a season-high 79 pitches. Rasmussen, 26, has allowed seven runs in 12 innings across his first three outings.

• Tampa Bay has lost seven of its last eight meetings against Seattle dating back to last season.

• The Rays battled back from an 8-0 deficit with four runs in the seventh inning on Tuesday. Catcher Rene Pinto recorded his first major league hit, a two-run homer, and shortstop Wander Franco followed soon after with another two-run blast.

• Franco, 21, is batting .338 with four homers and 12 RBIs. Despite committing a rare error in the Tuesday loss, he is proving to be just as good as advertised in his second season.

• Seattle could be without Zunino on Wednesday after he exited the Tuesday game in the fifth inning due to a left biceps strain. He is listed as day-to-day.

• The Mariners continue to receive strong performances from their pitching staff, including a relief corps that includes Andres Munoz, Paul Sewald, Drew Steckenrider and Diego Castillo. Munoz, 23, struck out Ji-Man Choi with two runners on to end the series opener. The right-hander has fanned 14 against three walks in his first seven innings this season.

StreakSmarter Pick
Seattle Mariners