Fox Saturday Baseball Betting Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays
In the third Fox Saturday Baseball betting affair of the weekend, the Tampa Bay Rays will look to get back to their winning ways against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field. Seattle won 4-3 last night, marking the fourth straight game in which the road team has won in this series. Tampa Bay swept the M’s at Safeco Field a week and a half ago.
It hasn’t been a particularly fun year for LHP Jason Vargas. The M’s southpaw is just 3-2 in spite of the fact that he only has one start this year in which he allowed more than five hits or three runs. He’s had a lot of problems walking batters lately though, as ten free passes in his L/4 starts isn’t acceptable. Vargas was knocked around for three runs in 6.2 innings of work against these Rays just 11 days ago in what was his first career outing against them. Opposing batters are hitting .193 against Vargas this year, a far cry from the .281 they hit against him a year ago.
RHP James Shields, aka “Big Game James,” will take the bump on the national stage on Sunday for the Rays. He has only allowed more than three earned runs once this year, and has either conceded one or two earned runs in each of his L/4 starts. Shields has struck out 28 batters in his L/3 outings, but thanks to the fact that he ran up against the perfect game of LHP Dallas Braden in his last start, he is only 2-1 to show for it. Expect to see Shields throw deep into this game today, as he has thrown at least six frames in all but one start this year.
The Rays haven’t been fantastic when playing on their home field this year, going just 9-7. However, that’s something that manager Joe Maddon is going to want to change and change in a hurry. Tampa Bay has owned Tropicana Field in years past, and we’re not afraid to lay the lumber with the hosts in this situation where we clearly have the better arm taking the hill.
Selection: Tampa Bay Rays -215 at Diamond Sportsbook
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