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Mariners look to claw closer to Red Sox in wild-card chase
Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners
- The Red Sox and Mariners split a four-game set in Boston back in April. The Red Sox last visited Seattle in March 2019, when they lost three of four games. Seattle is 3.0 games behind Boston for the second AL wild card spot.
- The Red Sox lost two of three games to the White Sox in Chicago with all three games decided by one run. Boston is still nine games over .500 in one-run games this season at 26-17, the fifth best mark in one-run games in MLB this season.
- The Mariners dropped a three-game series at home to Arizona after winning the first game. Seattle hit eight home runs in the series, its most in any three-game series this season.
- Bobby Dalbec had three hits against the White Sox, including his 21st home run of the season. Dalbec is batting .313 with 10 home runs since August 1, tied for the second most home runs by a rookie over that span (Ryan Mountcastle, Bal and Frank Schwindel, ChC: 11).
- Mitch Haniger had one hit in each of the last two games against Arizona, both home runs. Haniger has not homered in three straight games since August 2018. Haniger is batting .175 (14/80) in his last 20 home games with just four RBI (three came against Arizona).
- Eduardo Rodriguez allowed six earned runs in 3.2 innings in his last start, against Tampa Bay on September 7. Rodriguez has been unable to complete four innings in four of his 10 starts since the All-Star break. Logan Gilbert has a 1.93 ERA (2/9.1) in his last two starts after having a 13.50 ERA in his previous three starts.
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The Seattle Mariners will look to keep gaining ground in the American League playoff race against another wild-card contender, the visiting Boston Red Sox, in the second game of a three-game set Tuesday.
Seattle (78-66) pulled within two games of the second AL wild-card spot after Mitch Haniger's tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning propelled the Mariners to a 5-4 win over Boston in the series opener Monday.
Four Seattle pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters and walk one.
Despite entering the series tied with the Toronto Blue Jays (81-63) for the top AL wild card, the Red Sox (81-65) are now on the outside looking in. They trail the New York Yankees (80-64) by a single percentage point for the final AL playoff spot.
"It's playoff baseball, and everything counts," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "It's actually fun. Good atmosphere out there, even in Seattle. They have a good team; they're playing good baseball."
Boston will send right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (10-8, 3.57 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday to oppose Seattle southpaw Tyler Anderson (6-9, 4.20).
Eovaldi will be looking to build off a solid start at Tampa Bay on Wednesday. The All-Star tossed seven scoreless, three-hit innings while walking two and striking out eight in an eventual 2-1 win for Boston.
While the Red Sox were victorious, Eovaldi is winless in his past five starts despite pitching to a 2.05 ERA, striking out 37 and walking just five batters over 30 2/3 innings. His last win came Aug. 11 in a 20-8 rout of the Rays, during which he tossed seven innings of one-run ball with 10 strikeouts.
Eovaldi has faced the Mariners once this season, on April 24. He lasted five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out three in an 8-2 defeat. Eovaldi is 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA in five career starts vs. Seattle.
Anderson hopes to bounce back from a mediocre start at Houston on Wednesday. The 31-year-old allowed four runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision.
The Mariners ultimately beat the Astros 8-5 after a four-run rally in the ninth inning. Seattle has won five of Anderson's past six starts after dropping the first two upon his arrival from the Pittsburgh Pirates in late July.
"I just think that this team never really gets down," Anderson said. "Just everybody, a lot of fight -- everybody in the lineup one through nine, the bench, our starters and our bullpen. There's just a lot of fight and competitiveness in there."
Anderson has won just once in his eight starts with the Mariners despite posting a respectable 3.83 ERA and racking up 34 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings over that span. His last win came Aug. 17 at Texas, when he tossed six innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts.
A National League pitcher for most of his career, Anderson has never faced the Red Sox in his six major league seasons.
--Field Level Media
Updated September 14, 2021