The Seattle Mariners (50-57) and Boston Red Sox (65-44) will close out a three-game American League series at Fenway Park Thursday, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET
Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox
Seattle has dropped the first two games of this series, including a 5-4 extra-innings setback as +144 road underdogs Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 8.5. The Mariners finished July with a 15-10 record, but have slipped to under .500 overall with two months remaining in the 2013 MLB campaign. Offensively, Kyle Seager continues to lead the attack, as he hit .396 with six home runs and 14 RBIs last month. Seattle is 5-5 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the OVER going 6-3-1 in that situation.
Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (11-4, 2.34 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 3-2 home loss to the Minnesota Twins last time out, as he allowed one run and five hits in a complete-game effort. The right-hander is 7-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 12 road games, issuing 16 walks and striking out 78 batters in 80 combined frames. In 13 career games versus the Red Sox, Hernandez has tallied a 7-2 record and 3.13 ERA, including a 11-4 home victory on July 8.
Boston picked up its MLB-leading 10th walk-off win last night, while also moving ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays by a half game in the AL East standings. “It’s just huge to get a win,” commented Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew. The club has won its last eight home games against the Mariners, as the offense has hit .304 with nine home runs and averaging 6.1 runs over that span. Boston is 4-4 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 5-2-1 in that situation.
Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.24 ERA) has led the club to wins in five of his last six starts, as he picked up a 7-3 road victory over the Baltimore Orioles last time out. The right-hander is 4-6 with a 4.14 ERA in 14 home outings, surrendering 14 home runs in 82.2 combined innings. In five career appearances (three starts) versus the Mariners, Dempster has compiled a 1-1 record and 3.60 ERA, including a no-decision effort in a 8-7 road win on July 11.
Sports bettors will likely back the Red Sox due to their 5-1 record in Dempster’s last six starts as a home favorite.