It's the finale. Both teams have looked good throughout the first two games, and by that, I mean each of them has had an offensive explosion in one of the games. With the series on the line, who is going to show up in the finale? Let's get to it.
Seattle Mariners Probable Pitchers & Starting Lineup vs Boston Red Sox on 5/17
Mariners vs Red Sox: Probable Starting Pitchers
This is likely the "lowpoint" of the series when looking at the pitching matchups. Marco Gonzales hasn't been getting the respect he deserves, but it's an easy argument to make that he doesn't make as many waves of excitement as Kirby or La Piedra. Marco has been doing well lately, sans a rough start in Toronto. Throwing that out, his last 4 starts have resulted in a 3.13 ERA across 23 innings, with a WHIP of 1.00.
On the other side, the Red Sox will be throwing Brayan Bello. He started the year BAD, but has been a lot better as of late. Over his last four starts, he has gone 20.2 innings, giving up 8 runs (3.56 ERA) with a WHIP of 1.39. He's also around 1 K per inning, with 19 over that time frame.
Seattle Mariners Starting Lineup
Caballero in at second this afternoon, and the offense has looked to settle into some success with this newer lineup. Crawford has been showing great patience at the plate, and moving Julio and crew around into new spots seems to have breathed some new life into a lineup that was struggling. An important note, if Ty France gets a hit today, that will set a career-high with a 14 game hit streak for France, and currently is the second longest going in baseball.
Who's going to explode on offense in the finale?
In the first game of the series, the Mariners put up ten runs in large part to 3 homers and a total of 15 hits. The Red Sox did something similar in Game Two, scoring 9 runs thanks to 3 homers of their own and 11 hits. The Mariners still hit well, tallying 8 hits and 4 walks. Are we going to see another offensive explosion in the finale? Or will we finally get a pitchers duel? I lean towards offense, as Boston has some big bats and the Mariners seem to be waking up.
Prediction sure to go wrong: Mariners win 8-6, a Teo bomb, France with a big 2-RBI double late, and the Mariners survive a late rally that peters out in the 8th inning to get the win.
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 finish out with a series win and leave Boston with a 500+ record.