Mariners vs Rangers: Probable Starting Pitchers
The Mariners definitely have the advantage on the mound in this series, and it kicks off with George Kirby vs Tanner Houck. Kirby has been hot all year, putting together six straight quality starts, tallying a total of 40.1 IP while giving up just 9 runs over that time frame. He's gone 7,7,8 over his last three starts, breaking 100 pitches only once.
For Boston, Houck takes the hill after three not-great to rough starts. 16.2 IP and 12 runs, although the H+BB of 24 is lower than you would expect with an ERA of 6.48. Houck has done well against the M's, though, allowing only 3 runs, 6 hits, and 2 walks through 10.1 IP while striking out 16.
Seattle Mariners Starting Lineup
It's still a bit odd getting used to the lineup looking like this. For quite a while, we had JP down at the bottom, Kelenic down in the lower third, with Julio at the top and Teo in one of the run producing spots.
The thing is, this seems to be working better. I'm glad to see Scott actually making some changes and moving guys around to try and give the offense a jolt. With a strong Boston team, the Mariners are going to need to put some runs on the board, and I like how today looks.
Mariners can't have a repeat of last year's series in Boston
Last year, the Mariners went to Boston right around this same time in the season. They were 17-21, but would leave Boston 17-25 after a 4-game sweep at the hands of the Red Sox. The Sox are an explosive offense, and the Mariners will need to avoid mistakes to keep them from putting too many runs across the plate.
Last year, the Sox outscored the Mariners 33-18. I can't see the Mariners giving up 8+ runs a game throughout the entire series... not unless a repeat of last year happens.
How do I watch and listen to the Seattle Mariners game?
You can catch all the Mariners games on Root Sports, while listening to them on ESPN 710. They're also available on the MLB.TV app for those that are subscribed, as well as FuboTV. However you can manage, make sure to tune in and watch to see if the Mariners can stay hot and climb above .500