Boston Red Sox @ Seattle Mariners 7/31/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Boston Red Sox (56-49) at Seattle Mariners (54-51)

Game Info: Monday, July 31st, 2023 at  8:40 p.m. EST (T-Mobile Park)

Betting Odds: Mariners ML (-135) - Over/Under (8)

Pick: Mariners ML (-135)

Monday night takes us to the Pacific Northwest for the Boston Red Sox travel across the country to open up a series with the Seattle Mariners. Both of these teams are in the hunt to make a late season playoff push and every game in this series matters as we get closer and closer to the end of the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season. Both of these teams will be desperate to pick up a victory as they look to climb up the ladder in the American League wild card standings. 

The Boston Red Sox come into the opening game of the series in a bit of a slump as they have lost their previous two games on the year and five out of their last 10 on the season as well. After a rough weekend, which was capped off by an extra innings loss to the San Francisco Giants, Boston will be looking to bounce back when they’re West Coast road trip continues against the Seattle Mariners. Boston comes into this game seven games above .500 with a record of 56-49 which would put them in first place in a few different divisions in baseball. However, because of the strength of the American League East division, Boston currently sit closer to last place even with a winning record then they do closer to the Baltimore Orioles in first place. 

Taking the mound for the Boston Red Sox in the opening game of this series will be Nick Pivetta. He comes into this game with a record of 7-5 and an Earned Run Average of 4.11 up until this point of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. he has been a dependable starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox this season, and he will be trying to deliver a quality start in the opening game of this series as they look to break their current losing streak and get their season back on track as the trade deadline approaches. He will have his hands full in this one against one of the best lineups in baseball and with the current form that the Red Sox are in, they will have to play the best game if they want to beat Seattle here on Monday night

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The Seattle Mariners come into this game looking to get their season back on track as well and they have been heating up as of late. It awaits to be seen if they are going to make any big time moves at the trade deadline after their fellow American League West division teams, the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels have been two of the most active teams in all of Major League Baseball this season. This Seattle team could certainly add a few pieces to help boost their chances at grabbing their third consecutive 90 wins season, and their second consecutive playoff berth this year as well. Seattle comes into the opening game of this series with a record of 54-51 as they are three games above .500 through their first 105 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. 

Jeff Kirby is expected to take them on for the Seattle Mariners and the opening game of the series and he has been one of their better starting pitchers this season. Kirby comes into this game with a record of 9-8 on the season and he will look to enter the double digit win club here tonight. He will be looking to deliver another quality start here on Monday night at home as Seattle looks to pick up their second consecutive victory of the season. They have been heating up as of late as they have picked up seven victories in their last 10 games on the year. They have moved within a handful of games out of first place in the American League West division, and they are slowly making their way up the wildcard standings in the American League as well. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Seattle is 36-32 as a favorite this season

- Seattle is 29-25 at T-Mobile Park this season

- Seattle is 26-21 as a home favorite this season

I expect the Seattle Mariners to grab the victory here on Monday night against the Boston Red Sox. Boston is coming off of a rough weekend against the San Francisco Giants in Seattle has begun to heat up, and they are in much better form at the moment than the Red Sox. I look for Seattle to grab a comfortable victory behind a solid performance on the mound from Jeff Kirby here on Monday night at home.

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