Free MLB Picks Today: Seattle Mariners vs Tampa Bay Rays 7/1/23

Free MLB Picks Today: Seattle Mariners vs Tampa Bay Rays 7/1/23
Sat 1st July 2023

The Seattle Mariners (38-42) host the Tampa Bay Rays (57-28) at T-Mobile Park on Saturday. The Rays took Friday’s series opener 15-4. Reliever Kevin Kelly was credited with the win after throwing 1.1 scoreless innings.

Josh Lowe was 3 for 5 with a home run and a double in the win. He scored two runs and had two RBIs. Christian Bethancourt also went 3 for 5 with two doubles, two runs, and one RBI.

Tom Murphy went 1 for 2 with a home run and two RBIs for the Mariners. Teoscar Hernandez added a double and one run, walking twice.


Tyler Glasnow (2-1, 4.45 ERA) is set to start for Tampa Bay. The RHP allowed one run over five innings in his last start, a 3-1 road win over the Royals on Sunday. He yielded four hits while striking out 12 and walking one in the no-decision.

For Seattle, RHP George Kirby (6-7, 3.26 ERA) will take the mound. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Rays. Kirby made one start against the Rays in 2022, throwing six innings in a 2-1 home win on May 8.

He gave up four hits while striking out seven in the no-decision. In his last start on Sunday, Kirby took the loss on the road against the Orioles. He threw 6.1 innings and gave up three runs (2 ER) on six hits, striking out four and walking one in the 3-2 defeat.


Over the last five games, Tampa Bay has averaged 6.2 runs a game, a small gain compared to their season average of 5.6. Against right-handed pitchers like Kirby this season, the Rays have a .797 OPS, second highest in MLB.

Randy Arozarena has been the team’s biggest on-base threat against right-handers with a .415 OBP in 170 at-bats. Seattle is averaging only 3.8 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 4.5 for the season.

The M’s have a .691 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .781 OPS over 176 at-bats, J.P. Crawford has been their best hitter against right-handers.


Tampa Bay is on a three-game winning streak away from Tropicana Field, bringing their record to 23-18 in 2023. The Rays have scored 5.4 runs per game away from home, while allowing 3.7 runs.

Seattle has lost three in a row at their home park. The M’s are 22-20 at home this season, averaging 4.4 runs per game while surrendering 4.0.

In the last 10 games at T-Mobile Park between the teams, each club has won five, though Tampa Bay has the scoring advantage with an average final margin of 5.0-4.1.


The Rays lead the AL East by six games over the Orioles. The Mariners are fourth in the AL West, 10 games behind the Rangers.

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TB Rays (-120)

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