Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners Betting Trends & Odds (6/16/2018)
Betting sites online need to always be one step ahead. That’s why we’re previewing Saturday’s Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox game. Of course the two teams will also clash on Friday for the second game of their four game series. The BoSox held off the Mariners 2-1 on Thursday to win the series opener. David Taylor Price took the W. Felix Hernandez took the L. Craig Michael Kimbrell took the S. Hernandez had a strong start. He pitched at least seven innings and allowed just two runs for the second time in his last three starts. And one of those two runs may or may not have been an unearned run.
Unfortunately for Seattle, the Mariners weren’t able to parlay that into a victory. And to be fair, Hernandez could be blamed for that too. He left a fastball over the middle of the plate. That fastball ended up becoming a Xander Bogaerts solo home run in the sixth. And the rest is, as they say, history.
In spite of the win, the Red Sox entered Friday’s game 2 as +125 favorites. According to most betting sites online. According to MLB.com, Price “was marvelous on Thursday night at Safeco Field.” Or, as Fernando Lamas’d say, he was “mahvelous, darling!” Of course, pitching rotation means we won’t be seeing him on either Friday or Saturday. But we will more than likely see short stop Bogaerts in action. In addition to his 10th homer of the season, Bogaerts starred in two double-play plays. One of which was the figurative sticking of the fork in the Mariners’ carcass. “I was looking horrendous, man. I’m not going to lie. I was looking real bad,” said Bogaerts. “Fouled off some tough pitches, but no one thought I was going to hit it out. I don’t even think I did. I was just trying to hit the ball in play, get on base.”
The BoSox are, as of this writing, 4-0 on their current ten-game road trip. Their overall 48-22 record is the second-best in the American League behind the Yankees.
In contrast, the Mariners are, per most betting sites online, -145 for Friday’s game. All things considered, the gap between Seattle and Boston is not that wide. At least not as much as it might seem on paper. Both Hernandez and the Mariners as a whole showed vast improvement on Thursday. Like Price, we won’t see Hernandez again soon. However, if the Mariners keep improving collectively, they might not necessarily lose their first series of the month. Or, as Mario Martin del Campo of Lookout Landing put it, “these aren’t the “same old Mariners” of before.”
Then again, his subtitle, “not bad for a loss” is only applicable to horseshoes and hand grenades. In baseball, either you win or you don’t. And as Dom Toretto said, “winning is winning. It doesn’t matter if it’s by an inch or by a mile.” Which is about the only piece of sensible dialogue in that movie.
Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners Sportsbook Odds and Betting Information:
- Series: Boston leads 1-0 as of Thursday
- Date: Saturday, June 16th
- Time: 6:15 PM
- Venue: Safeco Field
- Best online sportsbook odds:
- Boston Red Sox -1½ (+140) 8½ (-105) -108
- Seattle Mariners +1½ (-160) 8½ (-115) -102
Betting trends (not counting Friday’s game)
- Boston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Seattle’s last 15 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston’s last 9 games when playing Seattle