BoSox Shoot for Sweep of Seattle

The Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners Saturday night, spoiling a nice performance by Seattle starter Blake Beavan and sending the M’s to their 14th consecutive loss. Sunday Seattle looks to end the longest losing streak in baseball this season when the teams finish up their three-game series at Fenway Park (1:35 pm Eastern, TBS).

Boston won the opener of this series Friday night 7-4, breaking a late 1-1 by scoring five runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Sox then won game two Saturday night 3-1, scoring all three of their runs after two were out again in the bottom of the seventh.

The Mariners loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the eighth, but couldn’t score.

So the Red Sox now lead the AL East by three games over the second-place New York Yankees. The Mariners, meanwhile, are in last place in the AL West, 14 games under .500, and probably not even worth mentioning.

Seattle sends rookie righthander Michael Pineda (8-6, 3.24) to the mound Sunday against 44-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (5-3, 4.80) for the BoSox.

As of Sunday morning BetOnline.com is listing Boston as a -145 favorite for Sunday afternoon’s game, with an over/under of nine.

Pineda has been having a great freshman campaign; he’s 11-for-19 in quality starts, his ERA was below three until just recently, and he’s compiled a 119/38 strikeout-to-walks ratio. But in his last two starts he’s been tagged for 12 earned runs on 13 hits in 12 1/3 inning pitched. The Mariners are 9-10 in Pineda’s starts this year, with the over/unders going 8-10.

This will be Pineda’s first start vs. Boston.

Wakefield is six-for-12 in quality starts this year. Over his last three starts he’s allowed 11 ER on 29 hits in 17 IP. The Sox are 8-4 in Wakefield’s starts this season, with the O/Us going 7-4.

Wakefield has started twice vs. Seattle over the last two seasons, giving up four ER on 11 hits in 11 1/3 IP. Boston split those two games, and both games played under their posted totals.

The Mariners pathetic offense ranks dead last in the majors in scoring at 3.2 runs per game and on-base percentage at .289. And during their current losing streak the M’s have been held to three runs or fewer 10 times.

Boston, meanwhile, leads the majors at 5.4 RPG.

Seattle is 20-31 on the road this season, while Boston is 30-17 at home.

The over/unders are 39-52 in Mariners games this season, 47-43 in Sox games, and 27-16 in games played at Fenway Park.

As for Sunday’s game there’s no other way to play it than to take Boston, especially considering they’re only giving -145.

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