Jamie Moyer’s Notebook: Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners May 17, 2015


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Boston Red Sox (18-19) vs. Seattle Mariners (16-20) 1:10 PM PST

Max is in New Zealand where the time difference makes it hard for him to cover the afternoon games, so I’ll be filling in for today!

Pitching Matchup: Steven Wright (1-0, 4,22 ERA) vs. James Paxton (1-2, 4.31 ERA)

Wright: Boston’s long-relief man will be making his first start of the season, and third of his career. He went 5.2 innings against Oakland on May 12, giving up three earned runs and 5.0 innings on April 10 against the Yankess, giving up two earned runs in innings 15 through 19, and getting the win. Hopefully, the Mariners can take advantage of the 30-year old, but inexperienced righty. 

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Paxton: Paxton looks like he has snapped out of the disastrous slump he began the season in. He has turned in three consecutive quality starts with a 1.80 ERA and a .171 BAA in those games. As we saw in 2014, when James gets on a roll, he is practically untouchable.


Red Sox

  1. Mookie Betts CF
  2. Shane Victorino RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
  4. Hanley Ramirez
  5. Mike Napoli 1B
  6. Pablo Sandoval 3B
  7. Xander Bogaerts SS
  8. Brock Holt LF
  9. Blake Swihart C  


  1. Brad Miller SS
  2. Justin Ruggiano RF
  3. Robinson Cano 2B
  4. Nelson Cruz DH
  5. Kyle Seager 3B
  6. Logan Morrison 1B
  7. Rickie Weeks LF
  8. Dustin Ackley CF
  9. Mike Zunino C

3 Things to Watch For:

1. Zunino Goes Yard

In the games following Mike Z’s two off-days thus far in 2015, he is hitting 4-8 with three home runs. Look for him to keep that trend going.

2. Paxton’s Tear Continues

James Paxton was the best pitcher in the history of baseball in his first 11 starts. He is starting to look like that pitcher again. Look for him to get another quality start.

3. Seager Takes Things Into His Own Hands

Over the past three seasons, Kyle Seager has taken the role of the stopper, which is usually something that is only said of a pitcher. But Seager really has won some games single-handedly in times of frustration. The Mariners have lost three of four while scoring just seven runs over that span. Seager will drive in three today.

Last Game’s Predictions (Red Sox vs. Mariners May 16, 2015):

1. Shoot the Arrow– Hit 

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The bullpen held Boston scoreless in three innings of one-hit ball. Danny Farquhar and Joe Beimel played as well as could have been asked of them.

2. Hitting in the Clutch–Out

It’s good news that Mariners barely added to their 2-21 RISP streak, but it’s very bad news that they only got one runner into scoring position all night. Two Brad Miller solo shots accounted for Seattle’s two runs.

3. LoMo Parks One–Out

Morrison went 1-4 with a single while making some great defensive plays. No bombs though….

Season Tally:

Outs: 12     Hits: 6

Next: Mariners Winning In The Ninth Versus Losing In The Ninth

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