Seattle Mariners vs Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick – August 3

The MLB is set up with another great night of baseball throughout August 3. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Seattle has earned a record of 57-50 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the AL West. The Mariners are three games back on a wild card spot and will look to make up some ground with a win. Seattle is coming off a win in their last game and have lost four of their last six. The Mariners will look to grab a big win in this one.

The Rays have put up a record of 64-43 so far this season, which has them in the top spot of the AL East. Tampa Bay has a one game lead on the Boston Red Sox for a playoff spot. The Rays are coming off a loss their last time out, but had won four games in a row before that. Tampa Bay will look to earn a big win in this one.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Mariners are looking to jump into a wild card spot, while Tampa Bay is trying to hold on to their top spot in the division. I expect both teams to come out strong early in this one. If either team has a big start in this one, it could be enough for a win.

Previous Matchups

The Mariners and the Rays have met up four times throughout this season. The first four games were in Seattle. Ty France had a two run homer as Seattle won the first game 6-5. Luis Torrens had two RBI’s in the second matchup as the Mariners won 5-1. J.P. Crawford had a grand slam in the third meeting as Seattle won 6-5. Shed Long had a walk off grand slam as the Mariners won 6-2 to close out the set.

Tampa Bay hosted the fifth game of the season on August 2. Randy Arozarena had a solo shot for the Rays, but it was not enough for the win. Ty France had three RBI’s with a home run to help give Seattle another big win. Chris Flexen pitched six and two thirds innings and gave up seven hits and two runs in route to the winning effort.

These two teams have met up in some exciting games this season, but Seattle has come out with a win in all of them. The Rays lost three of the first four games in Seattle by a walk off. Tampa Bay will look to get in the win column against the Mariners. If the Rays can jump out to an early lead, it could be enough for a win in this one.

Batting

Seattle has been solid with the bats in their hands throughout this season. The Mariners have hit in 438 RBI’s throughout this season, which is 17th in the MLB. Seattle has earned 134 home runs, which is 12th in the league. The Mariners struggled a bit on the mound and in the field. Seattle has allowed their opponents to score 506 runs, which is 20th in the MLB.

The Rays have been strong hitting the ball so far this season. Tampa Bay has earned 506 RBI’s, which is 4th in the league. The Rays have gone deep 137 times so far this season, which is 9th in the MLB. Tampa Bay has been strong defensively on the season. The Rays have given up 427 runs to opposing teams, which is 10th in the league.

Tampa Bay has been the better team at bat and in the field throughout this season. The Rays have been the better throughout this season, but have not broken through against the Mariners. Tampa Bay will look to get some runs early in this one. If the Rays get some offensive production quickly, I think they will break through on August 3.

Pitching Preview

Yusei Kikuchi will likely get the start on the mound for the Mariners in this one. Kikuchi has started in 19 games this season, going 6-6 in those games played. He has posted an ERA of 4.01 and a 1.16 WHIP in those matchups. Kikuchi’s last start was against the Houston Astros. He gave up seven hits and three runs through five innings in the loss.

I expect Luis Patino to get the nod at pitcher for Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Patino has earned a record of 2-2 throughout his 8 games played. He has put up a 4.26 ERA and a WHIP of 1.17 in those outings. Patino pitched six innings in his last start against the New York Yankees. He gave up three hits and no runs in the win.

These two pitchers have put up similar numbers throughout this season. Kikuchi has played in more games this season, but Patino is coming off a big win in his last start. The Rays will look for him to build on his last outing in this one. If either pitcher can control the zone early in this one, it could be enough for the win on Tuesday.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season, but Seattle has been able to win all five games against the Rays in this one. Tampa Bay has been the better team throughout this season and will look to finally knock off the Mariners in this one. If the Rays can grab an early lead in this one, I think that they can earn the win.

BetOnline has Tampa Bay listed as a -165 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Rays will win this game around 62.3 percent of the time. I agree with this line as Tampa Bay has been the better team throughout this season, but the line does not have a lot of value. The Rays are also listed at -1 ½ for +110. I think Tampa Bay can jump out to a big lead in this one and cover the spread.

The Bet
Tampa Bay Rays -1.5
+110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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