The previous visit to Safeco Field resulted in a frustrating series for Boston. It took the first two games but blew a 6-1 lead in the opener and needed 13 innings to win that one.
In the third game Jon Lester first lost a perfect game and then a shutout in a 5-1 setback and Hideki Okajima melted down in the series finale, a comeback 4-2 win for Seattle.
Lester returns to start the opener Monday in search of a career-high 17th win.
Red Sox (79-64) at Mariners (55-88)
Monday, Sept. 13, 10:10 p.m. NESN
Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash.
The Red Sox are 10-17 in Seattle since 2005.
LHP Jon Lester (16-8, 3.26 ERA) vs. RHP Doug Fister (5-11, 3.84 ERA)
The last time Lester appeared in his home state back on July 24 he took a perfect game into the sixth before an error and a home run suddenly damaged his effort.
That was one of four straight losses Lester has suffered in the second half of the season, during which he is just 5-5 with a 4.21 ERA.
In five career starts in Safeco Field Lester is 1-2 with a 5.28 ERA and 1.40 WHIP.
Fister has been dramatically better at home all season. Although he is just 3-6 in Safeco Field he owns an impressive 3.21 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a .248 opponents’ batting average at home.
The lanky right-hander has allowed two earned runs in both of his starts against the Sox this season.
|Marco Scutaro, SS
Ryan Kalish, CF
Victor Martinez, C
David Ortiz, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Jed Lowrie, SS
Josh Reddick, RF
Daniel Nava, LF
Lars Anderson, 1B
Clay Buchholz, P
|Ichiro Suzuki, CF
Chone Figgins, 2B
Russell Branyan, DH
Franklin Gutierrez, CF
Jose Lopez, SS
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
Adam Moore, C
Josh Wilson, SS
Doug Fister, P
Lester has struggled at times in his home state. Now would be a good time for that to change.
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