The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Seattle Mariners in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday night from Tropicana Field. The Mariners are expected to have 32-year old left-hander Tommy Milone on the mound after an opener, and the Rays will counter with 26-year old left-hander Jalen Beeks. The Rays swept the Mariners earlier this month, and the Mariners won Monday’s series opener by a 9-3 score.
Milone Rebounds with Second Win of Season
Tommy Milone is expected to enter this one after an opener. Matt Wisler, who has tossed seven shutout innings this month, will likely open. Milone squandered two runs in four innings against the Tigers in his latest effort, leading to the win to bring his record to 2-7. The ninth-year left-hander does own a solid 1.13 WHIP, however, he is inconsistent, and holds a 4.69 ERA in 78.2 innings logged on the year. Milone was rocked for five runs in four innings against the Rays last week, and he is 2-4 with an awful 6.68 ERA in 33.2 career innings against Tampa Bay. Kevin Kiermaier is 3 for 4 against Milone, while Mike Zunino is 5 for 10, and Austin Meadows is 0 for 2.
Watch for Kyle Seager as he is swinging a hot bat, smashing five home runs along with 11 RBI’s in his last six games. The eight-year veteran third baseman is having a decent season, bashing 16 homers and 39 RBI’s in 69 games. Seager is 3 for 10 against the Rays this season.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 18, 2019
The Mariners are on the tail end of a long nine-game road trip. They opened their trip by taking two of three against the Tigers, followed by a series win against the Blue Jays. Seattle’s pitching has been their downfall this season.
The Mariners are currently averaging 4.86 runs on the season, ranking them 14th in the Major Leagues. The Seattle pitching staff is carrying a 5.09 team ERA, pegging them down at 27th in the Majors. The Mariners hold a 25-37 road record.
Beeks Roughed by Padres in Second Defeat of Season
The Rays are expected to go with an opener followed by Jalen Beeks. Diego Castillo has been the Rays’ primary opener since the departure of Ryne Stanek. Castillo has yet to allow a run in 4.2 innings this season. Beeks was crushed in his previous outing, serving up five runs in five innings against the Padres in a 7-2 loss. The young left-hander has struggled in his three outings this month, and his ERA has inflated to 4.13 to go with a 1.42 WHIP and a 5-2 record in 85 innings of work. Beeks just faced the Mariners earlier this month and he allowed two runs in 3.2 innings.
Jesus Aguilar has made an impact after coming over from the Brewers at the beginning of the month, registering a dazzling .325 average in his 14 games as a member of the Rays. The 29-year old slugger wasn’t playing a whole lot with Milwaukee, and he is hitting .240 with nine homers and 39 RBI’s on the year. Aguilar is a stellar 7 for 16 against the Mariners this season.
🎶 Choi to the world, the Rays walked off. 🎶 pic.twitter.com/Mdo9L5eZqR
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 18, 2019
The Rays’ injuries are starting to impact their offensive production. They only managed to score a combined six runs in three games against the Tigers this past weekend, which is not good considering Detroit usually gives up a ton of runs. Avisail Garcia and Brandon Lowe are expected back at the end of August.
The Rays have cooled off at the plate, and they are now averaging 4.66 runs on the season, placing them 19th in the big leagues. The Tampa Bay pitching is sporting a sharp 3.52 team ERA, good for second in the Majors. The Rays are 33-29 at Tropicana Field.
The Seattle Mariners are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against the Rays.
- 7-23 in their last 30 road games against a team with a winning record.
- 3-8 in their last 11 games in the second game of a series.
The Tampa Bay Rays are:
- 16-5 in their last 21 games overall.
- 6-0 in their last 6 games in the second game of a series.
- 64-29 in their last 93 games against a team with a losing record.