Seattle vs Tampa Bay by Sors

The Seattle Mariners, who have ½-game lead over the Rangers at the top of the AL West (18-13), will give the ball to their ace Felix Hernandez (2-2 with a 2.21 ERA) for the opener of their three-game series with the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.


Hernandez is coming off his worst start of the season, as the 30-year-old right-hander gave up 9 hits and 8 runs (four earned) over four innings in Wednesday’s 9-8 win at Oakland.


However, Hernandez pitched well in each of his previous five starts this year, especially in his two starts at Safeco Field, allowing just 8 hits and striking out fourteen through 14 2/3 scoreless innings in a 1-2 loss to Oakland on April 10 and against the Royals on April 29 (1-0).


In addition to that, the right-hander went 4-0 with an amazing 1.16 ERA in his last six starts against the Rays, allowing 1 run on 6 hits over sixteen innings in the last two of them at Tropicana Field on May 22, 2015 (3-0) and at Seattle ten days later (2-1).


Hernandez has held Evan Longoria to 6 hits in 27 at-bats in their matchups, while Steven Souza Jr., Logan Forsythe, Kevin Kiermaier, Logan Morrison and Desmond Jennings have a combined 6-for-37.


Matt Moore (1-3 with a 4.95 ERA) will start for the Rays, who seek a season-high fifth straight win.


Like Hernandez, Moore had serious troubles in his last start, as the right-hander was tagged for seven runs in four innings of a 5-10 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last Wednesday.


On the other hand, he pitched well in most of his previous five starts this year and what is also important to be noted: Moore went 1-1 with a 1.71 ERA in four career starts versus Seattle, though the last of them was in 2013.


Norichika Aoki has fared well against Moore (2-for-2 with a triple), but Franklin Gutierrez (0-for-3), Adam Lind (1-for-7) and Kyle Seager (2-for-11) have struggled against him.


Robinson Cano is hitting .250 (5-for-20) off Moore, but with a homer and 3 RBI in the matchup.


I think that we’ll see less than eight runs in that game.


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