Coming off their most frustrating loss of the year to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox look to turn the table with a three game set beginning tonight with the Seattle Mariners.
This series against Seattle starts a stretch of 22 games in a row against teams with mediocre records, which could be a good for the Red Sox to try to move up the AL East and leap the Tampa Bay Rays in the standings. Earlier this month, Boston took three out of four in Seattle.
The Mariners offense has improved in 2013 as they are ranked 17th in the major leagues in hitting up from 27th last year. Seattle will also welcome back slugger Michael Morse, who missed the past 31 games with a strained right quad returns to the Mariners lineup for the series. Despite, the team’s offensive improvement this year, their pitching has been the eye soars of the team as they are currently 23rd in all of baseball.
Since the start of the 2010 season, Boston has dominated Seattle at home going 8-1 against them and haven’t lost a home series against them since dropping two out of three against them May 15-17, 2009. The Red Sox have also swept the Mariners the past two years at Fenway Park.
7/30 Joe Saunders (9-9 4.48 ERA) vs. Brandon Workman (0-1 4.40 ERA) 7:10 pm
7/31 Hisashi Iwakuma (10-4 2.87 ERA) vs. John Lackey (7-8 3.19 ERA) 7:10 pm
8/1 Felix Hernandez (11-4 2.34 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster (6-8 4.24 ERA) 7:10 pm
Red Sox hitters vs. Mariners pitching: Several Red Sox players have feasted on Seattle pitching so far this year. David Ortiz has .615 going 8 for 13 with five extra base hits and four RBIs. Jacoby Ellsbury is another Mariners killer so far this year going 5 for 8 with three RBIs.
Mariners starters pitching at Fenway Park:Despite having a 3-1 career record at Fenway Park, Mariners starter Joe Saunders hasn’t pitched as well as people think in Boston. In 29 1/3 career innings at Fenway, he has allowed 35 hits and a mediocre 20/15 strikeout to walk ratio along with 4.60 ERA. The Red Sox will need to take advantage of Saunders on Tuesday night in order to get the six game homestand off on the right track.