Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 9/3/12

First Pitch: Monday 4:10, Tuesday 10:05, Wednesday 10:05

Arms: Monday: Clay Buchholz, RHP (11-4, 4.50 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas, LHP (13-9, 3.90 ERA) 

Tuesday: Jon Lester, LHP (8-11, 5.01 ERA)  vs. Blake Beavan, RHP (9-8, 4.95 ERA)

Wednesday: Aaron Cook, RHP (3-8, 5.35 ERA)  vs. Kevin Millwood, RHP (4-12, 4.38 ERA)

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Record: 62-73 (4th AL East) Record: 65-70 (Last AL West) On road: 30-35
At home: 34-32
Streak: Lost 6
Streak: Won 1
   Leaders at the plate
 Leaders at the plate
Average: Podsednik (.341)
Average: Gutierrez (.273)
Homers: Saltalamacchia (23)
Homers: Montero/Seager (15)
RBI: Ross (68)
RBI: Seager (77)
Leaders on the mound
Leaders on the mound Wins: Buchholz (11) Wins: Hernandez/Vargas (13)
ERA: Morales (3.77) | Bailey (1.59) ERA: Hernandez (2.51) | Perez (1.71)
K's: Lester (141) K's: Hernandez (191)
Last time

The Red Sox and Mariners closed out the month of June with a 4-game series in Seattle. The result, a series split and it was a close series. 

Franklin Morales went up against Felix Hernandez in the first game and it was a textbook pitcher's duel. Morales went 7 innings, giving up 3 hits, no runs, walked 2, and struck out 7. Felix Hernandez came out on top, going the distances while giving up 5 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 13 Sox' batters. Scott Atchison blew it for the Sox, giving up the game's only run in the bottom of the 8th.

The Sox got their redemption in game 2, by beating the Mariners 5-0 and Aaron Cook did his best Felix Hernandez impression. Cook pitched a complete game 2-hitter...those were the days. He got plenty of run support, as the Sox got all 5 runs on homers [Nava, Ross, Middlebrooks, Saltalmachhia (2-run)].

The Mariners came back and won game 3, 3-2. The Sox took the final game, despite a great pitching performance from Jason Vargas.

This time

Laser Show: Dustin Pedroia

The only guy that is performing right now. At this point, it doesn't matter if he goes on a tear, but he is the only guy that has shown signs of production. Say what you want about him, this team needs Dustin Pedroia.
Pitch Around: Jesus Montero & Kyle Seager
Both guys have less than 2 seasons of major league experience, and they are performing well. Their batting averages are both in the mid .200's and that is above average for Seattle. This is a very non-threatening team, but with the way the Sox starters have been performing, Seattle's bats can come alive.

Don't Fall Behind: Jason Vargas
 

The Sox dodged a bullet by not going up against Hernandez, but they still have to go up against Seattle's very good number 2 starter. Vargas pitched a very strong 8 innings the last time they met in Seattle, he can and probably will do it again. We can only hope Clay Buchholz will slow the bleeding and give the Sox a chance to break the losing streak.

How we see it goin' down

Even though the Mariners are not close to the team the A's have been, it doesn't mean the Red Sox will have an easy time. There is a better chance for some wins, but the Red Sox will likely blow a couple of leads and come out of the series with only 1 win. 

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