Red Sox at Mariners MLB Odds & Picks: The Boston Red Sox are just hanging on in third place of the American League East traling the first place Yankees by 6.5 games and second place Tampa Bay by 3.5. Winners of two straight, the Sox will be looking to win their current series versus the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. The Red Sox will give the ball to starter Jon Lester in this one. Lefthander Lester is 11-4 this season with a 2.81 ERA.The Mariners will counter Lester with David Pauley. Righthander Pauley has a 3.27 ERA to go along with a 0-2 record this season.
SPORTSBETTING.com lists Lester and the Red Sox as -200 moneyline favorites with a 7.5 total. Mariners backers are getting underdog odds at +170. Boston is giving -135 run line odds (-1.5) while Seattle is getting +115 (+1.5).
Lester allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits while walking three and striking out six in eight innings of work against the Rangers in his last start.
Pauley is coming off another good-enough-to-win effort with a loss, making one bad pitch, a hanging slider, that cost him a tie-breaking two-run home run against the White Sox. He has received one run of support in his two starts with Seattle, covering 11 innings.
Bill Hall went deep for a solo shot and the Red Sox defeated the Mariners 2-1 on Friday, as -118 favorites. That game's three runs went UNDER the posted 7.5 total set by SPORTSBETTING.com.
Scott Atchison pitched just over one inning of relief for the win, and Jonathan Papelbon collected his 22nd save. Jason Vargas allowed eight hits and two runs over seven innings in the Mariners loss.