The Boston Red Sox will be hosting the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park this weekend. The Red Sox will try to continue their winning streak and sweep their series tonight in their finale against the Texas Rangers. The Red Sox won their first two games against the Rangers with convincing 11-6 and 9-4 wins.
With the Rangers series ending tonight, let’s take a look at both teams.
The Mariners come into the weekend series having had a tough first quarter of the season, posting a 20-27 record which has them last in the American League West. Although their record does not show it, there have been bright spots offensively. Jean Segura is leading the team in hits with 50 on the season and in batting average with .331. Nelson Cruz has provided the power for this slumping Mariners team with 11 HR’s, 37 RBI’s, and a .376 OBP. The problem seems to be coming from the Mariners’ pitching staff.
The Mariners pitching staff as a whole has been sub-par at best. They have a team ERA of 4.89. Felix Hernandez, regarded by many as the ace of the staff and one of the best American League pitchers over the past few seasons, has struggled this year. He has only made five starts and posted a 2-2 record with a 4.73 era and given up six home-runs. James Paxton has been the lone bright spot for the Mariners, holding a 4-3 record with an impressive 1.43 era. The only problem is that he has been dealing with an injured forearm.
The Red Sox have picked up the pace on offense the past three games. They’ve scored 32 total runs while recording three consecutive wins. Sam Travis was also impressive in his major league debut, going 2-4 with an RBI.
Now that the teams have been broken down, it is time to break down the pitching match-ups.
Friday: Yovani Gallardo vs. Eduardo Rodriguez
Gallardo is coming off his worst outing of the year, having allowed nine hits and 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox. He is 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA in six career starts against the Red Sox. In his last three starts, Gallardo is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA.
Rodriguez has been very dependable for the Red Sox this season. In his last three starts, he is 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA. With the way the Red Sox are playing and Rodriguez having turned in six straight quality starts, it is hard to see the Red Sox losing the series opener.
Saturday: To be announced vs. To be announced
The pitchers have not be announced yet for either side. The Red Sox are still trying to solve the mystery that is their 5th starting spot in the rotation. Based on their rotation order, the Mariners could have Chris Heston pitching that day. This game is a toss-up and should be a high scoring game on both sides.
Sunday: Christian Bergman vs. Rick Porcello
Bergman has struggled this season for Seattle. He holds a 1-2 record with a 6.30 ERA. The one thing he has going for him is that the Boston lineup is unfamiliar with Bergman. Hanley Ramirez is the only current Red Sox that has faced him, only having three career at bats and registering one hit.
Porcello continues to struggle, especially at home where he was dominant only a season ago. He is 2-4 with a 5.50 ERA at home this season. He also holds a 3.69 ERA vs. Seattle in his career.
Both teams need to build some momentum in this series. The Mariners are looking to climb out of the cellar that is the American League West. The Red Sox are looking to continue to climb upwards in a very competitive American League East. Hopefully for Red Sox fans, there will be a lot of winning, dancing, and repeating this weekend.