The Seattle Mariners continue their East Coast swing tonight when they play the first of a three-game weekend set with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Game time is set for 7:10 p.m. (ET) and it will be available on MLB TV.
Seattle remained competitive for a good part of the first half of the season, but has gone into the tank as of late with a 12-game losing streak. The Mariners are now 12.5 games in back of Texas in the AL West with an overall record of 43-55. They are 25-27 at home and 18-28 on the road.
The inability to score runs has been the primary problem during Seattle’s current slide. With just 27 runs in its last 12 games, it is little wonder it lost them all. The only encouraging sign is the Mariners did manage to score five or more runs in their last three games against Toronto.
Felix Hernandez will take the mound tonight for Seattle. He is 8-8 this season with a 3.26 ERA in 21 previous starts. His last time out was truly forgettable after giving up nine hits and four earned runs in a loss to Texas. He is 4-1 against the Red Sox with an ERA of 2.87.
Boston is 4-2 since the All-Star break including a 4-0 shutout of Baltimore this past Wednesday as a 118 road favorite. The Red Sox are now an AL-best 59-37 overall with a two-game lead over New York in the AL East. They are 31-20 on the road and 28-17 at home.
Scoring runs has never been an issue for this lineup as Boston continues to lead the AL with an average of 5.41 runs per game. Adrian Gonzalez has led the way with a league-high 78 RBI and 17 home runs.
John Lackey will get the call tonight for Boston. He is 7-8 on the year with a whopping 6.70 ERA, but has won his last two starts, giving up just three earned runs in 12.1 innings pitched. Lifetime against the Mariners he is 13-10 with an ERA of 3.62.
Head-to-head this season, the Mariners took two of three at Fenway early in the season with the total staying ‘under’ in two of those games. The Red Sox had a 7-3 edge in 2010 with the total staying ‘under’ in seven of the 10 games.
Stick with the recent trends in this one as the total once again stays ‘under’ with both pitchers returning to form with a quality outing. Take Boston as well as it bangs out enough runs to get the win.
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