The Tampa Bay Rays open a three-game weekend series on the road Friday against the Seattle Mariners.
The Rays won on Wednesday 6-0 over Oakland for their fifth straight win and sixth in their last seven overall. Nathan Eovaldi in his first game since undergoing a second Tommy John surgery no-hit the A’s through six innings before being taken out.
Seattle lost its second straight game to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. In the 7-6 loss, the Mariners bullpen once against could not hold a lead. Starter James Paxton left the game with a lead of 4-2 but the bullpen allowed five runs between the sixth and seventh innings.
Wilson Ramos leads the Rays with a .313 batting average. C.J. Cron is the team leader in hits with 57, in home runs with 12 and in RBIs with 32. Tampa Bay has a team batting average of .262 while opposing hitters are averaging .228 at the plate against Rays pitching. Tampa Bay has not yet announced the starting pitcher for Friday’s game at Seattle.
Jean Segura leads Seattle with a .333 batting average and team high 74 hits. Mitch Haniger leads the team in home runs with 11 and RBIs with 40. Seattle has a team batting average of .257 while opposing hitters are averaging .241 at the plate against Mariners pitching. On Friday, the Mariners will send Mike Leake to the mound. The right-hander is 5-3 with an ERA of 4.93, 39 Ks and 16 BBs.