Mariners need Andrew Moore to make the start of his life

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 21: Starter Andrew Moore
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 21: Starter Andrew Moore /

The Mariners took game one against the Red Sox in convincing fashion. They won game two in thrilling fashion on the Jean Segura walk off. A win in game three to complete the sweep would be huge for Seattle in their quest for a wild card spot.

The only problem for the Mariners lies in the 6-6 lefty the Red Sox are sending out to the mound in game 3, Chris Sale. He’s had a great 2017, but his month of July has been stellar. On the year, he’s posted a 2.48 ERA, a WHIP of 0.89, and a strikeout to walk ratio of 200:26.

In July, he’s been even better. In 4 starts, He’s notched a 1.30 ERA, 45 strikeouts, 5 walks, and three of his four outings he didn’t surrender a run.

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Seattle’s bats are good, some nights they are phenomenal, but against a pitcher like Sale, they may not be able to get as much going offensively as if they were facing a different pitcher. This means they’ll likely need some help from their man on the mound, Andrew Moore.

In Moore’s first three starts with the M’s, he pitched well. He made it 21 innings, posted an ERA of 3.86, with three runs in each start. Opposing hitters were only hitting .218 off of him, and he seemed to be a reasonably solid pitcher.

His last two starts, though, have been a different story. He’s only made it 9 innings, posted an ERA of 10, and opponents are hitting a sky-high .375 off of him.

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For the M’s to win, take the sweep, and make up more ground in the wild card race, they’re going to need Moore to go out and toss the best game of his young career. Likely 7+ innings with 2 or fewer runs. Let’s hope the young guy can do it and help get the Mariners a big win against Boston.