Rays and Mariners meet to determine series winner
Seattle Mariners (11-7, second in AL West) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (10-8, third in AL East)
St. Petersburg, Florida; Thursday, 1:10 p.m. EDT
LIKELY TO PITCH: Marines: Chris Flexen (1-2, 3.63 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 11 strikeouts); Rays: Jeffrey Springs (1-0, .00 ERA, .71 WHIP, nine strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK RANGE: Spokes -135, Sailors +114; over/under is 7 1/2 points
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners meet Thursday with the three-game series tied at 1-1.
Tampa Bay is 10-8 overall and 7-5 in home games. The Rays’ pitchers have a collective ERA of 3.21, which ranks them third in the AL.
Seattle is 11-7 overall and 7-2 in home games. The Mariners batters have a collective .330 on-base percentage, second in the AL.
The teams will meet on Thursday for the third time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Wander Franco has four home runs, two walks and 12 RBIs while hitting .319 for the Rays. Randy Arozarena is 8 for 39 with four doubles and three RBIs over the last 10 games.
Ty France is second on the Mariners with eight extra hits (three doubles and five homers). JP Crawford is 11 for 36 with a double, a triple, three home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 6-4, .235 batting average, 2.54 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs
Mariners: 7-3, .249 batting average, 2.93 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs
INJURIES: Spokes: Mike Zunino: day to day (biceps), Francisco Mejia: 10 day IL (covid-19), Chris Mazza: 10 day IL (back), Shane Baz: 60 day IL (elbow), Luis Patino: IL 60 days (oblique), JT Chargois: IL 10 days (oblique), Ryan Yarbrough: IL 10 days (groin), Brendan McKay: IL 60 days (shoulder), Pete Fairbanks: 60-Day IL (lat) , Tyler Glasnow: 60 days IL (elbow), Nick Anderson: 60 days IL (elbow), Yonny Chirinos: 60 days IL (elbow)
Sailors: Marco Gonzales: day to day (wrist), Paul Sewald: 10 day IL (undisclosed), Mitch Haniger: 10 day IL (covid-19), Casey Sadler: 60 day IL (shoulder), Sergio Romo: 10 day IL (shoulder), Kyle Lewis: 10 day IL (knee), Evan White: 10 day IL (sports hernia), Ken Giles: 10 day IL (finger)
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.