The Boston Red Sox wrap up a key three-game series against the Seattle Mariners when the two square off on Wednesday. The first pitch of the series finale is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
The Red Sox snapped a two-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night. Boston is 82-65 and in fourth place in the American League East standings, percentage points behind the second-place Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. The Red Sox are also trailing those two teams by percentage points atop the American League Wild Card standings.
Seattle lost for the third time in four games on Tuesday, falling to 78-67. The Mariners are in second place in the AL West, trailing the first-place Houston Astros by 6½ games and leading the third-place Oakland Athletics by a half-game. Seattle is three games behind the Blue Jays, Yankees and Red Sox in the Wild Card race.
With only percentage points separating the top three teams in the AL Wild Card race, every game counts. And with the Mariners the next team in the Wild Card standings, this series has felt like a postseason clash for many of the participants.
“I feel like it has,” Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi said after Tuesday’s win. “It’s very fun, you know what I mean? I feel like everyone is drained after the game.
“Everybody’s focusing, everybody’s battling out there, grinding. It was a big team win for sure.”
Kyle Schwarber hit a pinch-hit, three-run double in the eighth inning to break a tie and give the Red Sox the lead for good on Tuesday. Schwarber’s fielding error on Monday helped the Mariners earn a series-opening win.
Right-hander Tanner Houck will try to give the Red Sox the series win. Houck is 0-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 starts and 13 total appearances.
Houck took a loss in his last start, against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, as he allowed three earned runs (four total) on four hits, including a home run, over 3.2 innings of a 4-3 Boston loss. His previous start was much better, as he threw five shutout innings against Cleveland, allowing three hits and striking out seven but taking a no-decision in a 4-3 victory.
The Seattle offense was solid on Tuesday night, but the team’s bullpen let it down, which has been a rare occurrence this season. Starter Tyler Anderson allowed just one run over 4.1 innings but five of the six relievers that followed allowed at least one run.
Outfielder Mitch Haniger was 2-for-5 in the loss, driving in a run and scoring once. Haniger reached 100 runs scored, the first Mariners player to reach that milestone since Robinson Cano had 107 in 2016.
Left-hander Marco Gonzales will get the start for Seattle. Gonzales is 8-5 with a 4.03 ERA and will face Boston for the first time this season.
Gonzales has won seven straight decisions, including wins in each of his last three starts. His last outing was a six-inning stint against Arizona on Friday as he allowed three unearned runs on four hits, including a home run.
Mariners Win Again
Gonzales has been pitching well of late and should give the Red Sox hitters some trouble. Seattle has been on a roll of late and needs to pick up a victory against one of the teams it’s pursuing for the Wild Card.
When making your MLB picks, take Seattle to win at home.