Preview: Mariners at Red Sox

Current Conditions - Boston
P/SUNNY 68 °F
Wind: NNE 12
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Seattle Mariners (69-58) at Boston Red Sox (56-72)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 23 - 1:35 PM EST
WHERE: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
LINE: 100, -108 TOTAL: 8.5


The Seattle Mariners are staying in the postseason race with a team built around its pitching staff but can show off some offensive skill on occasion. The Mariners attempt to clinch the three-game series when they visit the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. Seattle managed two hits over the first eight innings of Friday’s opener and went into the ninth down 3-0 before exploding for five runs thanks to some bloop hits and alert baserunning.

The comeback win put the Mariners one-half game ahead of Detroit for the second American League wild-card spot. The meltdown marked the sixth straight loss for the stumbling Red Sox, who are 2-7 on their homestand and dropped to 44-1 when entering the ninth inning with a lead. The bright spot for Boston has been David Ortiz, who is 10-for-12 with six walks in his last four games and has reached base in nine straight plate appearances.

TV: 1:35 p.m. ET, ROOT (Seattle), NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Chris Young (12-6, 3.07 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Brandon Workman (1-7, 4.26)

Young picked up the win in three straight starts and is coming off six scoreless innings at Detroit on Sunday. The Princeton product has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 11 of his last 12 outings. Young has not faced Boston since June 23, 2007, when he allowed one hit and struck out 11 in seven scoreless frames.

Workman has suffered the loss in each of his last seven appearances, including Monday against the Los Angeles Angels. The 25-year-old allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings in that outing - his longest stint since before the All-Star break. Workman struck out nine and yielded one run in six frames to beat Seattle on July 30, 2013.

WALK-OFFS


1. Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli (back spasms) has missed three straight games but is expected to return Saturday.

2. Seattle OF Michael Saunders (oblique) had his rehab interrupted by flu-like symptoms and will miss two to three days.

3. Boston RHP Koji Uehara has allowed runs in three straight appearances, including five in the ninth inning on Friday.

PREDICTION: Mariners 3, Red Sox 2
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Seattle 69-58 W1 34-32 35-26 15-12 19-14 27-23 8-9
Boston 56-72 L6 29-38 27-34 19-32 14-15 14-17 9-8

Last Meeting

Seattle Boston
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/22/14 SEA 5 BOS 3 .219 0 .656 .161 1 .600

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
SEA E. Chavez .538 7 1.471
BOS D. Ortiz .462 6 1.357
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
SEA K. Seager 2 5 7
BOS Y. Cespedes 5 6 10
Pitching ERA Avg K
SEA 3.25 .287 35
BOS 7.41 .230 29
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
SEA R. Cano .330 155 .867
BOS B. Holt .290 113 .736
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
SEA K. Seager 19 53 78
BOS D. Ortiz 30 50 93
Pitching ERA Avg K
SEA 2.93 .246 1025
BOS 3.92 .243 990

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 100 -120
-105
8.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 100 -110
-105
8.5
Sportsbook
100
-110
-105
8.5
5Dimes.eu -104 -106
105
8.5
GTBets.eu -104 -106
100
8.5
Top Bet -103 -107
-105
8.5
BetDSI -105 -105
-110
8.5
BookMaker.eu -105 -105
-110
8.5
Vegas Odds
LVH -105
-105
OFF
Mirage -110 -110 OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Seattle Overall Boston
69-58 W/L 56-72
74-53 RL W/L 52-76
49-71-7 O/U 53-71-4
3.97 Runs For 3.80
3.18 Runs Against 4.33
Seattle A/H Boston
35-26 W/L 29-38
42-19 RL W/L 20-47
27-32-2 O/U 27-40-0
4.33 Runs For 3.78
3.25 Runs Against 4.49