SEATTLE’S FISTER FACES STIFF CHALLENGE TONIGHT AT FENWAY
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:12 PM EDT
Seattle (49-75) at Boston (71-54), 7:10 p.m. EDT Sports.com Line: Seattle +185, Boston -200 Total: 9
With the second worst road record (20-43) in the American League behind only Baltimore, the Mariners have a tough task at Boston. Right-hander Doug Fister (4-8, 3.92 ERA) takes the hill for Seattle. Fister brings a bloated road ERA of 5.44 into this contest, compared with his 3.14 home ERA, in addition to an August ERA of 6.32. Sports Scores
The Red Sox will counter with right-hander John Lackey (11-7, 4.62 ERA), who is 8-3 at home this season compared to his 3-4 road record. His home ERA (4.83) is higher than his road mark (4.41). Though Lackey won his last start, a 7-5 decision over his former Anaheim team, the veteran allowed 10 hits and five runs over seven innings. Lackey has not won back-to-back starts since mid-June. However, Lackey is 12-9, 3.70 ERA in 26 career starts vs. Seattle, including total domination of the M’s in the last two starts (17 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 13 K). Basketball Odds
Despite Boston’s rash of injuries this season, they are still in the Wild Card chase while Seattle is simply playing out the string. Also consider this favorable FoxSheets trend for Boston based on Fister’s propensity to throw strikes: BOSTON is 23-8 (+14.1 Units) against the money line vs. a starting pitcher with good control (less than 1.75 BB’s/start) this season. The average score was BOSTON 5.5, OPPONENT 3.3 – (Rating = 2*). Baseball Odds
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