The Red Sox concluded their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles with another win. Boston slept their way through the three days and still managed to outscore the Orioles by a margin of 13-5. The only offense the Orioles had was a late push on Tuesday, a game in which they were already down big heading in the later stages of the contest.
The Red Sox did not turn to their A material out of the bullpen there, but in a 6-2 game, you can give them the day off with a cushion against one of the worst teams in the majors. The Red Sox shouldn’t expect to get a free pass against the Seattle Mariners. Seattle have been coming on hard this season and giving the Astros a test in the AL West. In fact, the Mariners have a half a game edge on the Astros in the standings.
I’d be surprised if the Mariners have the top spot in October, but they’ve nevertheless been impressive, especially without Robinson Cano. Cano was suspended for 80 games due to a PED violation. The Mariners have stated that he will not immediately return to a full-time role. He will likely share the second base job upon his arrival.
The chemistry has been on point with this team, and altering it would be dangerous. However, maybe the M’s offense hits a wall and they need his bat, so we’ll wait to see what his role is going to be. I think it’s more TBD. If there is anyone on the Mariners that I would like to see taste some success, it’s Felix Hernandez. Hernandez has been with the Mariners through his entire career and hasn’t been part of a winning postseason team yet. The top of the American League is spearheaded by the Astros, Yankees, and Red Sox. The Mariners have a chance to show that they’re legit this weekend and should be included. Get our free Red Sox vs. Mariners pick below.
Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
David Price (7-4, 4.00 ERA) vs. Felix Hernandez (6-5, 5.70 ERA)
David Price got off to a rather slow start in 2018, and then he sat out for a little while thanks to carpel tunnel. It’s bizarre but he was allegedly injured by playing Fortnite the video game. Now that it’s been taken care of, Price has been trying to make up for lost time. As a result of opening the year up slow, his numbers aren’t where he would like them to be. Price enters Thursday with an ERA of 4.00. He can dip it lower under the 4.00 mark with a solid showing in Seattle. Since getting belted by the Rangers on May 3rd, he’s responded nicely, allowing 2 runs or less in five of his last six starts. In the other outing, he gave up 3 runs to the Astros.
Price has been dominant over the Mariners in 94 at-bats. They are hitting .213 against him, with Nelson Cruz leading the way with a .321. If he can be careful with Cruz, he should be in for a quality start on Thursday evening. Note that Kyle Seager will be out of the lineup because of personal circumstance. His counterpart tonight, King Felix, isn’t having a marquee year. He’d like to help his team out a little more, but at least he doesn’t have to carry the load all on his back. Felix holds a 6.19 ERA in his last three starts. He’s given up at least 5 runs in two of those three. In four of his last six starts, Hernandez has surrendered 4 or more runs. He is a legend no doubt, but I think his arm is running out of gas. This is going to be a must-watch series in Seattle. It’s going to be a good one, as the Mariners look to show they are worthy of being a top team in the American League. In the first stanza on Thursday night, I like the Red Sox to get a win behind Price.