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Surprising Mariners send LeBlanc to face Boston's Porcello
Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners
- The Red Sox won 108 games last season en route to a World Series win over the Dodgers. This was the franchise's first time crossing the 100-win plateau since 1946 (104 wins), and was the most wins in a season since the 2001 Seattle Mariners won 116 games.
- Mookie Betts finished the 2018 season with a 1.078 OPS, 129 runs scored and 30 stolen bases. His was the first season with a 1.000+ OPS, 120+ runs scored and 30+ stolen bases since Jeff Bagwell in 1999.
- Seattle won 89 games in 2018, its most in a season since winning 93 in 2003. The Mariners have missed the postseason in 17 straight seasons, the longest active streak in baseball.
- Mitch Haniger has gotten off to a hot start in 2019, as he doubled and homered in the Mariners' opening series in Japan. In 2018, he became the first Mariner with 35+ doubles, 25+ home runs and 90+ runs in a season since Richie Sexson in 2005.
- Marco Gonzalez allowed two home runs in his Opening Day start for the Mariners in Japan, but still turned in a quality start (6.0 innings, three earned). Last season, his 1.73 walks per nine innings ranked fifth among qualifying pitchers.
- In his two seasons with Boston, Chris Sale has amassed 545 strikeouts and a .196 opponent batting average. These marks both rank second in MLB behind Max Scherzer (568 Ks, .183 BAA) since the beginning of the 2017 season (minimum 50 starts).
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- Urquidy, Astros lock down Rangers
- ChiSox win in 11th; Rays drop 5th in row
- Red Sox bash 5 HRs in rout of Orioles
The Seattle Mariners might want to reconsider that "step-back" plan.
In a season supposedly to be for rebuilding, the Mariners are a surprising 4-1 after taking two of the first three games against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox. The four-game series concludes Sunday afternoon in Seattle, with Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello scheduled to face Mariners lefty Wade LeBlanc.
After blowing a two-run lead in the ninth inning Friday night, the Mariners rebounded Saturday with a 6-5 victory, although they nearly blew a four-run lead in the final inning.
Rookie utility infielder Dylan Moore, making his first career start at third base, made three errors in the ninth.
"One thing led to another, obviously," Moore told MLB.com. "It's one of those things where when it rains, it pours. I have to put it behind me, and tomorrow is a new day. If they hit me the ball, I'm going to get it the next time. It didn't happen, and, obviously, it snowballed."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Moore is the fifth player in the past 10 years to commit three errors in an inning, the last being Mariners shortstop Jean Segura in the first inning of a 10-1 loss at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 27, 2017.
With the Red Sox within a run and two runners on base, right-hander Nick Rumbelow caught Boston's Xander Bogaerts looking at a called third strike to end the game.
Rumbelow was used because closer Hunter Strickland, who gave up a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland on Friday, went on the disabled list with a strained right lat.
"I will say, for all Mariners fans in the Midwest and East part of the country, stay up late to watch the end of our games," Mariners manager Scott Servais said with a laugh. "You never know what you're going to get."
Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, his first of the season and 287th of his career, to give the Mariners a 6-2 lead.
Bruce was 1-for-15 in the first four regular-season games before his home run.
"They've been kind of carrying me along for the first couple games, so it felt good to help," Bruce told MLB.com.
Seattle has 13 home runs and has scored 38 runs through five games.
"They're doing a good job offensively. Their game plan or whatever they're doing is really solid," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "They're swinging at certain spots that we usually go and they're putting barrel to it. Sometimes you got to give credit, and they're doing a great job offensively."
Porcello (17-7, 4.28 ERA in 2018) will try to put an end to that. He is 6-5 with a 3.80 ERA in 13 career starts against the Mariners.
The Mariners will counter with LeBlanc (9-5, 3.72 last season), who is 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA in four career starts versus Boston.
--Field Level Media
Updated March 31, 2019