On Tuesday night, the Red Sox showed the Mariners what they were made of, scoring 14 runs off of Jeff Weaver and the M’s pen and playing solid defense behind emerging star Josh Beckett.
On Wednesday night, the M’s struck back. SP Felix Hernandez one-hit the Sox and the Mariners won 3-0.Tonight, in a much less publicized match-up, the teams will meet once more. This time, it’s Tim Wakefield (0-1) on the mound for Boston and Jared Washburn (0-0) for Seattle.
Boston fans can look at tonight’s match up in one of two ways: either they’ll be negative nellies and note that Seattle has absolutely owned Wakefield over his career, or they’ll take the glass-is-half-full approach and say, “Hey, our guy is due!”
Wakefield is 3-8 with a 4.37 ERA in 23 career appearances, including 13 starts, against the Mariners, but is 0-5 in his last 17 outings against them, losing in each of his last four. His last victory against Seattle came on July 29, 1997, when he tossed a five-hitter in a 4-0 win at Fenway.
That’s right Red Sox faithful. You’re starting pitcher, who has made at least 30 appearances in all but one season dating back to 1993, hasn’t beaten the Mariners in over a decade. The last time Wakefield beat the M’s, I was still in high school, Roger Maris was still the all-time home run champ, and there were still only three Star Wars movies.
So, yeah, Wakefield is totally due.