Boston Red Sox (48-22) at Seattle Mariners (44-25)
|Date & Time||Friday June 15, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Mariners -151 / Boston Red Sox +141 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners meet Friday in MLB action at Safeco Field.
The Boston Red Sox look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Red Sox have allowed six runs in their last three games and four or less runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Boston Red Sox have won five straight games when allowing four or less runs. Offensively, J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 79 hits and 55 RBI while Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts have combined for 144 hits and 84 RBI. Rick Porcello gets the ball, and he is 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 6-5 with a 3.62 ERA and 68 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Seattle Mariners look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since May 29-30. The Mariners have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Seattle Mariners have won 11 of their last 13 games when scoring more than one run. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 95 hits and 42 RBI while Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger have combined for 137 hits and 67 RBI. James Paxton gets the ball, and he is 6-1 with a 3.02 ERA and 111 strikeouts this season. Paxton is 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 43-20 in their last 63 road games and 8-3 in Porcellos last 11 road starts. The Mariners are 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games, 6-2 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Paxtons last 5 starts. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Turning down the Red Sox and the plus money given their current form is risky, but I'm not betting against Paxton. You're talking about a pitcher who has allowed three or less runs in each of his last nine starts and is giving up a batting average of .201 on the season. At home this season, Paxton has an ERA of 2.79 with an allowed batting average of .175. The guy has simply been putting up ace numbers, and not to mention the Mariners haven't lost two straight games in two weeks. I like Seattle to get the bounce back victory, especially when they had plenty of chances to win Thrusday but couldn't put together any offense.