MLB Predictions: Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners

The Boston Red Sox (35-43) and Seattle Mariners (42-36) will continue an American League series Wednesday night at Safeco Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET

Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners 

The Boston Red Sox have struggled on the road this season
The Boston Red Sox have struggled on the road this season

Boston has fallen in defeat in five of its last six games, including a 8-2 setback to Seattle as -107 road favorites Tuesday, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.  The Red Sox are a forgettable 3-12 this month when playing away from Fenway Park, while the pitching staff has compiled a 6.03 ERA in its last six affairs.    Boston is 15-21 versus teams with a winning record this season, with the UNDER going 19-14 in that situation.

Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (2-4, 7.02 ERA) will make his first MLB appearance since landing on the disabled list with a left knee injury in late May, as he went 0-2 with a 2.53 ERA in 10.2 innings of work for Triple-A Pawtucket.  The right-hander is 1-2 with a 6.12 ERA in six road efforts, with opposing hitters batting .319 against him.  In four career games versus the Mariners, Buchholz has compiled a 3.26 ERA, but he hasn’t faced them since Sept. 3, 2012.

Seattle is riding a five-game win streak, while the OVER has cashed three times in that span.  The Mariners are expecting big things from third baseman Kyle Seager, who is batting .328 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs at this ballpark, while he’s hitting just .201 on the road.  It’s important to point out that the franchise has completed a series sweeo of Boston since June 25-27, 2007.  Seattle is 6-3 as home favorites of -125 to -150 this year.

Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (5-3, 3.04 ERA) has led the club to wins in three of his last four outings, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 7-5 road victory over the Kansas City Royals last time out.  The right-hander is 2-3 with a 2.64 ERA in six home appearances—issuing just four walks and striking out 34 batters in 44.1 combined frames.  Iwakuma has no record in allowing eight runs in 8.2 innings of work in two career starts in this series.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 8-1-2 in the last 11 overall meetings in this series.

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