Daily Matchups: Red Sox look to split against the Mariners

After a solid contested win on Thursday, the Red Sox are playing in a must win game to salvage a split in this series. Like the Astros series, the Red Sox lost two games where they had a firm grasp to take the win. For the second time this month, they were shut out 1-0.

It was more depressing that it was Wade Leblanc’s first time in 7 years that he reached 8 strikeouts in a game. Next month’s trading deadline is going be very interesting to watch. The Red Sox need more than just an extra arm for the bullpepen.

Eduardo Rodriguez is on the mound for the Red Sox, yet another starter in the rotation who is cruising on a great run. At this point, I have confidence in every arm the Red Sox have starting. The main focus is what the offense will do behind them. Since the Rangers knocked Eduardo around for five runs on May 5th, he has really turned it on. He has pitched seven consecutive quality starts, and is currently riding a 5 game winning streak to his credit. He’s going for his ninth win today.

(5-0, 2.30 ERA) — 39.1 innings, 38 Hits, 10 Runs, 3 HRs, 10 Walks, 42 Ks

Mike Leake takes the ball for the Seattle Mariners. Mike Leake was a dependable starter for the Cincinnati Reds in their rotation earlier on in his career. In the 168 games (163 starts), he compiled a 3.87 ERA across 1028.1 innings pitched. In the 4 seasons since has pitched for the Giants, Cardinals and Mariners. This season, Leake carries a 4.26 ERA to go with a 7-3 record. However, he is not a guy that will add up strikeouts (career high 164 in 2013). Aside from that career year, he will average about 125 strikeouts as he relies on his infield defense behind him to get the outs.

Leake faced the Red Sox last year in two starts starts with results he’d like to have back.

11.1 innings, 16 Hits, 10 Runs, HR, 2 Walks, 7 Ks


Eduardo Rodriguez — Career vs Seattle Mariners in 3 starts, 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA. That is 5 ER in 17.2 innings. Career at Safeco Field in 2 starts, 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA. That is 5 ER in 11.2 innings.


Seattle Mariners:

Nelson Cruz – 0 for 7, 2 Walks, K

David Freitas —–

Ben Gamel – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) Triple, 3 Ks

Dee Gordon – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, 2 RBIs

Mitch Haniger – 0 for 3

Ryon Healy – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) K

Guillermo Heredia – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) RBI, K

Andrew Romine —–

Kyle Seager – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Jean Segura – 3 for 4 (.750 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, Walk

Denard Span —–

Mike Zunino – 0 for 3, Walk, 2 Ks


Mike Leake — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 4 starts, 0-2 with a 6.56 ERA. Career at Safeco Field in 13 starts, 5-4 with a 3.81 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) K

Mookie Betts – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) K

Xander Bogaerts – 4 for 9 (.444 avg) Triple, RBI, K

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) HR, 2 RBIs

Rafael Devers – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) RBI, Walk

Brock Holt – 3 for 6 (.500 avg) Double, Walk, K

Sandy Leon – 1 for 5 (.200 avg)

J.D. Martinez – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 4 for 14 (.286 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 9 (.222 avg)

Blake Swihart —–

Christian Vazquez —–

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