Boston opens 2019 season at Seattle
Boston Red Sox (108-54, first in the AL East in 2018) vs. Seattle Mariners (89-73, third in the AL West in 2018)
Seattle; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Chris Sale (0-0, 0.00 ERA) Mariners: Marco Gonzales (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Red Sox visit the Seattle Mariners on Thursday at T-Mobile Park.
The Mariners went 41-35 in division games in 2018. Seattle averaged 8.7 hits with 2.9 extra base hits per game last year.
The Red Sox finished 52-24 against AL East Division opponents in 2018. Boston pitchers struck out 9.6 hitters a game last season with a staff WHIP of 1.25. The Red Sox won the season series 4-3 in 2018.
Mariners Injuries: None listed.
Red Sox Injuries: Steve Pearce: day-to-day (calf), Dustin Pedroia: day-to-day (knee), Marco Hernandez: day-to-day (shoulder).