The Seattle Mariners head to Tampa Bay as hot as possible. The Mariners have won 6-of-7. 5 of the 7 wins, though, happened versus Kansas City and Texas, two teams that aren’t close to Tampa Bay’s level. Will the Rays expose the Mariners? Or will Seattle prove they’re one of the American League’s better teams. Keep reading for starting pitchers, analysis, and free picks for this week’s top MLB Betting series.
Top MLB Betting Series of the Week – Seattle Mariners at Tampa
Top MLB Games of the Week
- When: Tuesday, April 26 – Thursday, April 28
Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays
- Tuesday – SEA – Logan Gilbert vs TB – Josh Fleming
In three starts this season, Fleming has thrown just 3.1 innings per game. He was okay in his first 3.1 innings thrown, giving up 0 earned runs off 3 hits and striking out 5.
But Fleming failed in his second game versus the A’s when allowing 3 earned runs off 7 hits. In his third start, Fleming gave up another 3 earned runs to the Chicago Cubs.
Logan Gilbert is 2-0 with a .54 ERA and .84 WHIP. The Mariners won all 3 of Gilbert’s starts. Also, the Rays have yet to bat more than .185 against Gilbert. Seattle takes the opener.
MLB Pick: Seattle Mariners
- Wednesday – SEA – Marco Gonzales vs TB – Drew Rasmussen
The Rays are counting on starters like Drew Rasmussen to help carry the team this season. So far, it has worked okay.
Rasmussen’s stats, 5.25 ERA and 1.25 WHIP don’t scream Cy Young, but Tampa has won 2 of the 3 games Rasmussen has started. Also, the Mariners don’t have experience facing Rasmussen. The Rays’ starter should have an edge versus Seattle’s lineup.
Marco Gonzales is 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA. He’s faced Tampa Bay batters just 26 times. So like Rasmussen, he should have an edge. On paper, Gonzales wins the pitching matchup. But the Mariners have lost 2-of-3 Marco starts. Tampa wins the second game.
MLB Pick: Tampa Bay Rays
- Thursday – SEA – Chris Flexen vs TB – Corey Kluber
Chris Flexen’s form is on the improve while Corey Kluber’s is on the downswing. Flexen threw great in his last start.
The Seattle pitcher tossed 7 innings and gave up 1 earned run off just 6 hits. Flexen struck out 5 and gave up 0 walks. The lone run came off a homer.
But although Flexen threw great in his last, he could be in deep water versus the Rays. Granted, Chris has faced Tampa batters just 22 times. The Rays batted .348 in those 22 at bats, though.
Boston blasted Kluber for 4 earned runs off 11 hits in 5 innings in the Tampa starter’s last. Kluber struck out just 3. The Rays have lost the last two times Corey has taken the mound. So although Flexen could get into trouble early, Seattle is the play.
MLB Pick: Seattle Mariners