Boston Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Las Vegas Odds makers’ favorites to go to the World Series meet for game one of a three game series as the Philadelphia Phillies host the Boston Red Sox. In tonight’s game the Phillies are -125 favorites over the Red Sox with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Philadelphia Phillies have been everything that has been expected of this season as they lead the National League East and have the best record in baseball. The Phillies are a whopping 30-13 at home this season, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and five games clear of the Atlanta Braves in the division. As a team Philadelphia is hitting an underwhelming .246 led by Shane Victorino at .291, Placido Polanco at .289, Chase Utley at .269, Jimmy Rollins at .260 and Ryan Howard hitting .253 with 16 home runs. The Phillies pitching staff has been everything they were billed to be with a team ERA of 3.05 with the starters at 3.02 and the bullpen at 3.10. For game one against the Red Sox Philadelphia starts Cliff Lee who has allowed a total of one run over his last four starts. For the season Lee has allowed 101 hits and 36 earned runs while striking out 114 in 113 innings of work.
The Boston Red Sox haven’t taken well to interleague play thus far and after a weekend in Pittsburgh they are no longer in first place in the American League East. The Red Sox are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 23-16 on the road, and a half of a game behind the New York Yankees in the American League East standings. Boston has the best team batting average in baseball at .277 led by Adrian Gonzalez at .361, David Ortiz at .311, and Jacoby Ellsbury at .303. As a team the Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 3.97 with the starters at 4.02 and the bullpen at 3.87. For game one in Philly Boston starts Josh Beckett who has found his old form and who has looked like an All Star. For the season Beckett has allowed 55 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 79 in 92 innings of work.
Philadelphia is 7-2 in their last nine interleague home games, 1-4 in their last five games following a win, and 6-1 in Lee’s last seven home starts against a team with a winning record. Boston is 5-1 in their last six road games against a left handed starter, 5-2 in their last seven games following an off day, and 4-1 in Beckett’s last five road starts. Boston is 12-4 in their last 16 games in Philadelphia.
Both of these pitchers have been outstanding but the Boston bats make the difference in this one as the Red Sox grab the win and beat Lee in the process. I’ll take the Red Sox plus the 105.
Boston Red Sox +105 Philadelphia Phillies