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Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners 8/22/14 MLB Free Pick

Seattle Mariners (68-58) at Boston Red Sox (56-71)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Felix Hernandez (R) (13-4) (1.991) vs. Joe Kelly (R) (2-3) (4.673)

The Line: Boston Red Sox +147 / Seattle Mariners -157 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Northwest, NESN

The Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners face off on Friday at Fenway Park for game one of their series.

The Boston Red Sox won’t be returning to the post season this year but they aren’t about to lay down for anyone. Boston is 29-37 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have lost five games in a row. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .245 with Brock Holt hitting .294, Dustin Pedroia hitting .283, and Mike Napoli hitting .266. The Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 3.92 with the starters at 4.23 and the bullpen at 3.29. For game one against the Mariners the Red Sox start Joe Kelly who makes his fourth start since being traded to Boston. Since the trade Kelly has allowed 15 hits and 10 runs while striking out nine over 17 innings for a 0-1 record and a 5.29 ERA.

Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners 8/22/14 MLB Free Pick

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The Seattle Mariners are on the outside looking in at the post season but they are just a half of a game behind the Tigers for the final spot. The Mariners are 34-26 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss on Wednesday. As a team the Mariners are hitting .246 with Robinson Cano hitting .329, Kyle Seager hitting .275, and Dustin Ackley hitting .252. The Seattle pitching staff has an ERA of 2.93 with the starters at 3.16 and the bullpen at 2.45. For game one against the Red Sox the M’s turn to their ace, Felix Hernandez, who is simply having the best season of his career. For the season King Felix has allowed 130 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 197 over 185.1 innings for a 13-4 record and a 1.99 ERA.

Boston is 7-20 as a home underdog, 0-5 against the AL West, and 0-5 in their last five home games. Seattle is 4-1 against the AL East, 11-4 in their last 15 games, and 14-5 in Hernandez’s last 19 starts. Seattle is 10-29 in their last 39 games in Boston.

This is the time of year where the better teams take care of business in the games they should win and that points to a Seattle win. 

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