The Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox will start a four-game series Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Mariners are in second place in the AL West with a record of 11-7 and just split a two-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox are in first place in the AL East with a record of 12-7 and two-game series split versus the Toronto Blue Jays.
On Thursday night, the Mariners will put Justin Dunn on the mound, while the Red Sox will start Nick Pivetta. We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.
Moneyline pick: Red Sox -177
The run line for Thursday night’s game is currently set at 1.5, with the Red Sox listed as the favorite at Fenway Park. Boston is also listed as a favorite on the moneyline at -177 odds. The Sox have one of the best offenses in the majors, averaging 5.42 runs per game, which ranks second behind the league-leading Cincinnati Reds (5.88). But the Red Sox lead the majors in hitting at .285, which played an integral role in their recent win streak. The BoSox will start Pivetta, who has revitalized his career in Boston. He has a perfect record of 2-0 with an ERA of 3.68. In his last start, Pivetta allowed four hits, two runs, four walks, while striking out three in 3.2 IP against the Chicago White Sox.
The Mariners have played well on the road with a record of 5-2 to start the year. Additionally, they are 7-3 in their last 10 games and have outscored their opponents by 10 runs over that span of time. Seattle has also received good performances from their pitchers with a 2.61 ERA. In their last two games against the Dodgers, Justus Sheffield and Marco Gonzales combined for 12 strikeouts. They will look for Dunn to continue that tonight, but it won’t be easy with how this Red Sox team is playing. The 25-year-old had six strikeouts in 5.0 IP against the Orioles in his last start, but struggled against the White Sox — eight walks, three earned runs, only three strikeouts in 4.2 IP.
Player Prop: Nick Pivetta O5.5 strikeouts (+118)
The Mariners have been playing great ball this season, but they swing and miss a lot. Seattle is currently ranked eighth in the majors with 172 strikeouts. As for Pivetta, he has 14 strikeouts in 13 IP, but also 11 walks. In his three starts, the 28-year-old has only gone over 5.5 strikeouts one time, which happened against the Orioles (seven strikeouts in 6.0 IP). If Pivetta does not give up an insane number of walks and gets ahead of the Mariners’ hitters, he has the stuff to rack up some Ks.
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