Thu, Apr 22, 2021
By Jim Vassallo (Veri.bet Writer)
The Boston Red Sox (12-7, 1st in the AL East) host the Seattle Mariners (11-7, 2nd in the AL West) on Thursday, April 22, at 7:10 PM ET at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
Both of these teams come into the first game of a four-game series off of a loss.
Boston is in the top spot in the AL East, leading the second-place Tampa Bay Rays by two games. Seattle is just a half-game behind the first-place Oakland Athletics in the AL West.
Both of these teams have played well in their last 10 games. The Red Sox are 6-4, while the Mariners are 7-3.
Seattle has hit just .221 as a team in its last 10 games while pitching to an ERA of 2.61. The Mariners have outscored their opponents by 10 runs in the last 10 times on the diamond.
Boston has hit .290 as a team with a staff ERA of 3.32 in the last 10 games. The Red Sox have outscored their opponents over those 10 games by 12 runs.
This is the first time these teams are meeting this season and will not meet again until midway through the month of September. They will play seven games against each other in the regular season.
The Red Sox suffered a 6-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays the last time they took the field. It was a bullpen day for the Blue Jays, who used all relievers in the winning effort over the Red Sox.
The win pulled the Blue Jays within 3.5 games of the first-place Red Sox in the AL East.
Seattle most recently suffered a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers before having the day off on Wednesday.
The Mariners were held to just one hit by Julio Urias and two Dodgers relievers in the loss.
"You're going to have days like today where you don't get any hits at all, you got to try to scratch out (a run)," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "We did have a couple opportunities there late, just couldn't get much going offensively. But really you have to tip your hat to the pitching they threw at us today."
Seattle had 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis in the lineup for the first time this season in the 1-0 loss. Lewis missed the start of the year due to a bone bruise in his right knee.
"I never take it for granted being able to play, and so anytime I'm able to run out there, put the uniform on is always special. And especially after being out for a little bit," Lewis said.
The Over/Under for tonight’s American League contest is set at 9.5 total runs. The Red Sox are -1.5-run favorites at home against the Mariners. Look for righty Nick Pivetta’s luck on the mound to run out tonight when he faces Seattle. Take the Mariners and the Over 9.5 total runs scored if placing a wager on Thursday night.