Sports Betting - Sunday 31 July 2011 by

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners Free Pick

We are looking to close out our fourth straight winning month as we feature a MLB free pick for the Tampa Bay Rays visiting the Seattle Mariners. Today our betting lines are featured at the BetOnline sports betting website. We like the Rays to sting the Mariners in this one!

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners Free Pick

Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners Free Pick: The Rays (55-51) are looking to end a lengthy ten game road trip on a positive note as they complete a four game series in Seattle. The Mariners (45-61) will be trying win their first three game series since July 3, 2011, when they took two of three games from the Padres.

Safeco Field, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, plays host to this Major League Baseball wagering action on Sunday, July 30, 2011, at 4:10 PM ET from Seattle, Washington.

MLB Game Day Preview: Rays @ Mariners

Tampa Bay enters this contest with 446 runs for and 423 runs against, while Seattle has scored just 348 runs and have given up 408 runs against. The Rays have a better road record at 31-26 than they do at home (24-25) during the 2011 MLB season.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (3.27 ERA  9-7) will head to the hill for the Rays as he battles LHP Jason Vargas (4.09 ERA  6-9) from the Mariners.

Hellickson has enjoyed a productive rookie season as he has allowed three runs or less in nine of his last ten starts – allowing just 24 earned runs in 64.2 innings pitched.

On the other side of the coin, Vargas has struggled lately as he has lost four straight starts. Over that stretch he has posted a 6.86 ERA that includes 14 earned runs allowed over 13 innings pitched in his last three appearances.

MLB Betting Lines: Rays vs. Mariners Free Pick

Checking our odds comparison app we see that the MLB betting lines for this contest are fairly even across the board. The online sportsbook at the BetOnline sports betting website gives us the sharpest odds for this contest.

MLB Betting Lines Rays vs Mariners

We feel kinda cheated that Jered Weaver of the Angels is opposing Justin “the Vaporizer” Verlander of the Tigers today as they are both “go to guys” in our betting book. Instead we will settle for a promising rookie up against a struggling starter.

While we aren’t totally enamored by the Rays hitting numbers, the Mariners stats are even worse. We will take the better pitcher and swim with the Rays in this one!

Take Tampa Bay over the M’s at -1.5 (+140) with the BetOnline Point Spread!

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