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Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox - 5/14/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox (16-18) at Seattle Mariners (15-18)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

J Kelly (1-2) (6.35) vs. Roenis Elias (0-1) (3.86)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -132 / Boston Red Sox +122 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, ROOT-Northwest

The Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox face off on Thursday at Safeco Field for game one of their series of AL teams.

The Seattle Mariners had big expectations coming into this season but they enter this series three games under .500. The Mariners are 9-8 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are 5.5 games behind the Astros in the American League West standings. As a team the Mariners are hitting .243 with Nelson Cruz hitting .346, Robinson Cano hitting .269, and Brad Miller hitting .250. The Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05 with the starters at 4.18 and the bullpen at 3.81. For game one against the Red Sox the Mariners start Roenis Elias who has allowed 18 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 19 over 18.2 innings for a 0-1 record and a 3.86 ERA.

Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox - 5/14/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Red Sox have been playing better of late but this season has been a struggle this year. The Red Sox are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 9-9 on the road this season, and they are 4.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East standings. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .237 with Dustin Pedroia hitting .292, Pablo Sandoval hitting .285, and Hanley Ramirez hitting .261. The Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.90 with the starters at 5.65 and the bullpen at 3.75. For game one in Seattle the Red Sox start Joe Kelly who has allowed 31 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 34 over 34 innings for a 1-2 record and a 6.35 ERA.

Seattle is 5-1 in game one in a series, 7-2 against a team with a losing record, and 1-4 in Elias’ last five starts. Boston is 8-3 in game one of a series, 2-9 against the AL West, and 5-1 in Kelly’s last six starts as an underdog. Boston is 1-5 in their last six games against Seattle.

Neither of these pitchers or teams have been on top of their game but I look for Seattle to have just a slight edge here so they are my pick which is a lean at best. 

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Seattle Mariners -132

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