Mariners visit Tampa Bay, aim to build on Kikuchi’s strong performance
St. Petersburg, Florida; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Rays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Seattle heads into the matchup fresh off a dominant performance by Yusei Kikuchi. Kikuchi went nine innings, surrendering zero runs on two hits with eight strikeouts against Toronto.
The Rays are 33-29 in home games. Tampa Bay hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .324 this season, led by Eric Sogard with a mark of .370.
The Mariners have gone 25-37 away from home. Seattle has hit 198 home runs this season, seventh in the American League. Daniel Vogelbach leads the team with 27, averaging one every 13.9 at-bats.
Vogelbach leads the Mariners with 43 extra base hits and has 68 RBIs. Kyle Seager is 13-for-37 with a double, six home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Seattle.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 7-3, .222 batting average, 2.81 ERA, outscored opponents by six runs
Mariners: 5-5, .255 batting average, 3.38 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs
Rays Injuries: Blake Snell: (elbow), Tyler Glasnow: (forearm), Yonny Chirinos: (finger), Anthony Banda: (elbow), Tommy Pham: (hand), Avisail Garcia: (right oblique), Joey Wendle: (wrist), Brandon Lowe: (leg), Yandy Diaz: (foot).
Mariners Injuries: Arodys Vizcaino: (shoulder), Connor Sadzeck: (elbow), Felix Hernandez: (shoulder), Brandon Brennan: (right shoulder), Chasen Bradford: (forearm), Dan Altavilla: (forearm), Austin Adams: (shoulder), Domingo Santana: (elbow), Mitch Haniger: (testicle), Braden Bishop: (neck), Ryon Healy: (back).