Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners - 6/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seattle Mariners (36-32) at Boston Red Sox (38-29)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
T Walker (3-6) (3.69) vs. D Price (7-4) (4.52)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -200 / Seattle Mariners +185 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, RTNW
Over at historic Fenway Park on Sunday, the Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox will be wrapping up their weekend MLB series.
This will be the third game of the set. On Friday, the Mariners drew first blood on an 8-4 win. In Saturday’s game, the Red Sox got revenge with a 6-2 victory.
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On Sunday, the Mariners will be giving the nod to right-hander Taijuan Walker. In his 13 starts and 3-6 record this year, Walker has put up a 3.69 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP in 70.2 innings. In his most recent start Tuesday against the Rays, Walker left early due to foot discomfort, but appears to be just fine.
The Seattle batting order is pretty top heavy with a few notable names sticking out. Robinson Cano leads the team on 84 hits with 51 runs, 19 homers and 53 RBI. Nelson Cruz has 73 hits with 40 runs, 16 homers and 46 RBI. Kyle Seager has also been playing well on 69 hits with 40 runs, 13 homers and 45 RBI this season. Seager and Cruz combined to go 0-for-8 in Saturday’s game.
Over on the Red Sox side, we’ll be seeing lefty David Price take the mound Sunday. In his 14 starts and 7-4 mark this season, Price has managed a 4.52 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP in 91.2 innings. On Tuesday against the Orioles, Price pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on five hits in a loss.
There’s a lot of talent in the Boston batting order this year. Xander Bogaerts has 99 hits to his credit with 46 RBI and 54 runs. Bogaerts managed a solo homer on Saturday. Mookie Betts is also playing well on 85 hits with 60 runs, 14 homers and 49 RBI. David Ortiz is having another great year with 78 hits, 32 runs, 18 homers and 59 RBI.
The Mariners are 1-6 in their last seven Sunday games, and 3-7 in their last 10 games against a left-handed starter. Seattle is also 2-5 in Walker’s last seven Sunday starts, and 5-2 in Walker’s last seven starts in game three of a series.
As for the Red Sox, they’re 6-2 in their last eight Sunday games, and 8-2 in their last 10 against the American League West. Boston is also 0-4 in their last four game threes of a series, and 2-4 in their last six home games.
Given the pitching matchup, I like Price a little better here. Boston’s offense should be able to take care of the rest to snag a series-closing win.