Red Sox vs. Mariners Friday Prediction
The defending champs’ season did not get started on the right foot, as Chris Sale and the Red Sox were blasted Thursday night by the Mariners. Will Seattle beat up another Boston pitcher and provide enough runs for bettors to hit the over?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, March 29, 2019
10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park, Seattle, WA
TV: NESN (Red Sox); ROOT Northwest (Mariners)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Red Sox as a -140 favorite over the Mariners, who are +129 moneyline underdogs. As of this writing, 69% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Red Sox to win outright.. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Boston Red Sox Fantasy Spin
Nathan Eovaldi allowed two runs over four innings on Monday in a Grapefruit League start against the Twins. Eovaldi allowed four hits with a walk -- one of the hits was a homer -- and he struck out three. It was the second start of the spring for Eovaldi, as Boston is taking things easy on the right-hander after he was worked hard in the postseason. He's made big improvements as a pitcher over the past year, but it's understandable if you want to take a wait-and-see approach. You just risk losing out on him, is all.
Seattle Mariners Fantasy Spin
Yusei Kikuchi allowed two runs -- one earned -- over 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts against the Athletics last Thursday. Kikuchi clearly tired in the middle innings, but all things considered, it’s a solid MLB debut for the 27-year-old southpaw. His breaking-ball(s) were particularly sharp on Thursday, and he kept the Oakland lineup from squaring anything up until the fifth inning. The Mariners are going to take things easy on Kikuchi during his first season in the majors, and that’s going to hurt his chances for wins, at times. The other rates, however, should be fine. We’ll see Kikuchi start again against Boston next week.
MLB Betting Trends
The Red Sox are 0-4 in Eovaldi’s last four starts when he pitches the second game of a series.
The Mariners are now 6-0 in their last six games dating back to last season.
Eovaldi only made two spring training starts and topped out at just 75 pitches in his last outing. He has a history of injuries and Boston may play it safe with his long-term health by babying him to start the season. The same can be said for the Mariners and their approach with Kikuchi, who threw 91 pitches over 4 2/3 innings while striking out three. This is a tough matchup for Kikuchi and the Mariners torched Sale last night, so I doubt they’ll be intimidated by Eovaldi. Given the shoddy work of both pens, I like the over.
The Pick: Red Sox/Mariners over 8