Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/23/14
Boston Red Sox (35-41) at Seattle Mariners (40-36)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
John Lackey (R) (8-4) (2.961) vs. Felix Hernandez (R) (8-2) (2.224)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -141 / Boston Red Sox +131 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Northwest, NESN
The Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox face off on Monday at Safeco Field for game one of their series.
The Seattle Mariners are in the thick of the post-season race in the American League but they will have their work cut out for the rest of the way if they hope to stay there. The Mariners are 1720 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last three games. As a team the Mariners are hitting .239 with Robinson Cano hitting .329, Kyle Seager hitting .250, and Dustin Ackley hitting .233. The Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 3.30 with the starters at 3.54 and the bullpen at 2.77. For game one against the Red Sox the Mariners start Felix Hernandez who is 0-1 in his last three starts despite allowing just two runs over that span. For the season Hernandez has allowed 89 hits and 28 earned runs while striking out 122 over 113.1 innings for an 8-2 record and a 2.22 ERA.
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The Boston Red Sox are coming off a struggle of a series in Oakland but they are coming off of a hard fought win on Sunday. The Red Sox are 15-22 on the road this season, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are 6.5 games back in the AL East. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .241 with Mike Napoli hitting .268, Dustin Pedroia hitting .265, and Xander Bogaerts hitting .264. The Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 3.60 with the starters at 4.01 and the bullpen at 2.79. For game one against the Mariners the Red Sox start John Lackey who has won three of his last four decisions. For the season Lackey has allowed 100 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 90 over 103.1 innings for an 8-4 record and a 2.96 ERA.
Seattle is 6-2 in their last eight games, 8-18 at home against a right-handed starter, and 7-2 in Hernandez’s last nine starts. Boston is 4-9 in game one of a series, 1-5 as an underdog, and 4-1 in Lackey’s last five starts. Boston has won their last six meetings with Seattle.
I normally stay away from these low totals but in this one the under is clearly the play in what should be a very quick game. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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