The headline reads, the struggling Seattle Mariners come home to face the Tampa Bay Rays. One team is 10 games above .500, and one team is 10 games below .500.
Can you guess which is which?
Pitching match ups:
Rays RH Alex Cobb (6-8, 4.32 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Blake Beavan (7-6, 5.12)
Over 50% of batted balls against Cobb end up as ground balls. The Mariners have struggled against pitchers like Cobb this season, but coming off a pair of wins, and a Series win against the Angels could give them the confidence they need to play well in this game.
- Current Line: 6-8 / 4.32 ERA / 24 BB / 62 SO / 1.30 WHIP
- Right handed batters are hitting .294 against Cobb
Beaven had a his heart broken by his team after an impressive performance. However he has been great since returning from AAA.
- Current Line: 7-6 / 5.12 ERA / 13 BB / 50 SO / 1.23 WHIP
- Current Rays are batting just .240 against Beaven
Game 118: LHP – Matt Moore vs. RHP – Kevin Millwood
Moore has been a problem for the Mariners this season, he has pitched well consistently dropping his ERA through the season. The 23 year old southpaw has stumped just about all the M’s batters, with the exception being Jesus Montero who has a .833 average against Moore in 6 at bats.
- Current line: 9-7 / 3.73 ERA / 62 BB / 124 SO / 1.37 WHIP.
Millwood remains unimpressive but consistent. He has won only 1 game in his last 10 outings.
- Current Line: 4-10 / 4.38 ERA / 43 BB / 89 SO / 1.40 WHIP
Game 119: RHP – Jeremy Hellickson vs. RHP – Felix Hernandez
In his last outing against Seattle Hellickson allowed only 1 run on six hits.
- Current Line: 7-7 / 3.52 ERA / 46 BB / 79 SO / 1.33 WHIP
Felix showed some vulnerability, proving that he is human, but he should do well for this game.
- Current Line: 10-5 / 2.74 ERA / 44 BB / 162 SO / 1.10 WHIP
Rays vs. M’s Series Predictions
Could be a pretty evenly matched game, but I think Beaven has the edge. If Seattle can play aggressive they should win.
Prediction: Win (Rays 2 – Mariners 4)
Maybe Montero can provide a one man offense, but that will likely not be enough.
Prediction: Loss (Rays 5 – Mariners 2)
Who ever scores first wins.
Prediction: Loss (Rays 1 – Mariners 2)
Mariners OF Michael Saunders was a dreadful 2-for-34 on the club’s nine-game road trip.
Rays reliever J.P. Howell hasn’t allowed a run in 22 2/3 innings and is two outs away from surpassing the franchise record held by starter James Shields.
Seattle 1B Mike Carp will be re-examined after injuring his left hip during Sunday’s game.