The Boston Red Sox try to snap a two-game losing streak when they face the host Seattle Mariners in the second of a key three-game series on Tuesday night. The first pitch of this game is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
The Red Sox dropped the opening game of the series 5-4 on Monday night, their third one-run loss in their last four games. Boston is 81-65 and in fourth place in the American League East, percentage points behind the third-place New York Yankees and one game behind the second-place Toronto Blue Jays. Those three teams are also atop the AL Wild Card standings, with Toronto holding a one-game lead over New York and Boston.
Seattle snapped a two-game losing streak with Monday’s win, improving to 78-66. 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 two games behind the Yankees and Red Sox for the second Wild Card.
Needing a Spark
The Red Sox are in a danger zone of falling behind in the Wild Card race. The Blue Jays are red hot and the slumping Yankees have a series at league-worst Baltimore, so Boston can’t afford many setbacks right now.
Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will try to right the Boston ship on Tuesday. Eovaldi is 10-8 with a 3.57 ERA and will be making his second start against Seattle this season.
He faced the Mariners in late April, taking a loss after going five innings and allowing five runs on eight hits. He’s taken a no-decision in his last four starts, including seven shutout innings against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, allowing just three hits in a 2-1 Red Sox victory.
The Red Sox almost came from behind on Monday night, with Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers hitting back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning with the team down 5-2. But Boston couldn’t come up with the tying run.
Bogaerts was 2-for-4 with a double as well, giving him his first extra-base hits in over a week. Bogaerts hadn’t hit a home run since Aug. 20 before Monday’s blast.
Seattle is making its run to a potential playoff spot with a mix of veterans and young players. The Mariners have won eight of their last 12 and are showing the excitement of a playoff push.
“Come September, you hope that you’re right in the fight to win the division or make the wild card, and it’s been really fun showing up every day,” Seattle outfielder Mitch Haniger said after Monday’s win. “There’s a lot of energy, and it’s easy to come to the ballpark and play and work when you’re still in it.”
Haniger has been hot, hitting a home run for the third straight game on Monday. Haniger went 4-for-4 with three RBIs in the game, upping his RBI total for the last three games to six.
Left-hander Tyler Anderson will get the start. Anderson is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA, splitting time between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Mariners.
Anderson is 1-1 with a 3.82 ERA since coming to Seattle in late July. He has struggled a bit in two September starts, failing to record a decision and compiling a 5.91 ERA, but the Mariners have won both games.
Mariners Keep Rolling
Boston showed some pop late in the game on Monday, but Seattle plays much better at home. The Mariners are starting to believe they can make it into the playoffs, and they take a big step with a win in this one.
When doing your MLB picks, take Seattle to win at home.