With Chris Sale on the mound, and Mookie & Bogaerts back in the lineup, the Red Sox look to win the finale of the series. Thankfully, the Yankees were blanked by the Rays, as the Red Sox pitching and hitting just went absent last night. It would be good to get this win before the next 9 games coming up (Trout & the Angels, Yankees, Nationals).

Chris Sale is on the mound for the Red Sox. His 2.74 ERA is ranked 8th in the AL. His 102 innings pitched is ranked 6th in baseball. His 140 Ks is tied for 2nd in baseball with Corey Kluber. And yet there are 31 pitchers who have more wins than Sale’s 6 wins. The team is 8-8 in his 16 starts, and disgustingly 1-4 in starts where he has double digit Ks. The team is 1-2 in his last 3 starts, which has seen his best stuff yet after changing his pitching motion earlier this month.

21 innings, 11 hits, 4 runs, 0 HRs, 6 walks, 30 Ks

Sale last faced the Mariners last season, and not surprisingly pitched like a beast against them. In a win, he pitched 7 shutout innings while striking out 11.

Marco Gonzales takes the ball for the Mariners. Despite debuting 4 years ago, this is both his first career game against the Red Sox and first time ever facing any of the current Red Sox batters. From 2014-2017, Gonzalez had spurts of being in the bigs. But 2018 is where he can comfortably say he’s a major leaguer. Through 15 starts, he is 7-4 with a 3.80 ERA. There has been only one start this season that has seen him walk more than two batters, so staying aggressive might be key for the Sox today against this lefty.

While Gonzalez has an opponents batting avg of .274, lefties are only hitting .229 off of him with 1 HR. Righties are hitting .281 with 8 HRs.

Chris Sale — Career vs Seattle Mariners in 10 games (8 starts), 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 25 games (22 starts), 10-6 with a 3.21 ERA.

Seattle Mariners:

Nelson Cruz – 8 for 26 (.308 avg) 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 8 Ks

Ben Gamel – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Dee Gordon – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Walk

Mitch Haniger – 0 for 2, Walk, K

Ryon Healy – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 3 Ks

Guillermo Heredia – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) Double, K

Chris Herrmann – 0 for 3

Andrew Romine – 3 for 14 (.214 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, 3 Ks

Kyle Seager – 1 for 16 (.063 avg) 5 Ks

Jean Segura – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) Double, Triple, 4 Ks

Denard Span – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) Triple, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Mike Zunino – 0 for 7, 2 Ks