Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners - 5/5/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners - 5/5/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners (12-13) vs Tampa Bay Rays (15-10)

Game Info: Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 9:40 pm (T-Mobile Park)

Robbie Ray (2-2) (4.15) vs Shane McClanahan (1-2) (3.00)

Betting Odds: Seattle Mariners +115 / Tampa Bay Rays -135 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play the Seattle Mariners in Game 1 of their series at T-Mobile Park on Thursday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 15-10 this season and have won three games in a row. Tampa Bay is coming off of a series sweep against Oakland, where they won all three games in the series. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.26 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and a .211 opponent batting average this season. The Rays offense has scored 109 runs with a .245 batting average and a .315 on base percentage. Wander Franco is batting .302 with four home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Rays this season. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Shane McClanahan, who is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP over 27 innings pitched this season.

The Seattle Mariners are 12-13 this season and have lost seven of their last eight games. Seattle is coming off of a series loss to Houston, where they lost all three games in Houston. The Seattle pitching staff has a 3.48 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a .232 opponent batting average. The Mariners offense has scored 104 runs with a .231 batting average and a .317 on base percentage this year. Ty France is batting .333 with five home runs and 21 RBI’s for the Mariners this season. The projected starter for Seattle is Robbie Ray, who is 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 30.1 innings pitched this season.

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Tampa Bay is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the AL West and 2-5 in their last 7 game 1’s of a series. The under is 6-1-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 8 Thursday games. Seattle is 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games against the AL East. The over is 8-3 in Seattle’s last 11 home games. Tampa Bay is 9-21 in these two teams last 30 head to head meetings.

The Rays won these two teams first series of the year by winning two of three in Tampa Bay a few weeks ago. Both offenses have been pretty good to start the series, but which pitcher will be better? McClanahan has been solid and has a very nice 3.00 ERA, while Ray’s ERA is a little high due to a 6 run outing in his second start of the year. This game could go either way, but I am taking the over here. These two pitchers are good, but there is no reason this total should be this low.

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