Joe Kelly (4-6, 5.96 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (50-64) meet Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.25 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (54-61) in the first of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 14 and will air on RTNW and NESN.
In his most recent outing, Kelly pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 7-2 victory over the Tigers. David Ortiz (.255, 50 Rs, 25 HRs, 68 RBIs) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 3 for 3 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. The Mariners were unsuccessful the last time Montgomery pitched. He tossed 4.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking four in an 11-3 loss to the Rangers. Nelson Cruz (.324, 63 Rs, 34 HRs, 70 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking fifth in the AL with an average of 3.0 walks per game.
During the last 10 games, they averaged 4.9 runs per game, above their 3.7 season average.
This game will feature Montgomery (LHP) on the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 12-19 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the right-hander Kelly. They sport a 41-44 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea
Seattle won its last game in a shutout, its ninth of the season. Boston has been shut out seven times this season.
The Red Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mariners have a 20-34 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Mariners have a slight leg up on the Red Sox, as the Mariners have won their last two games while the Red Sox have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 33-18. The Red Sox have a 40-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th, Seattle sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 430 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 11th with 482.
Boston and Seattle both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Boston sits at 11th with 338 this season and Seattle ranks 13th with 328.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, they are 37-36, well-matched with the Mariners who are 45-33 when hitting one or more homers.