Philadelphia Phillies vs. Boston Red Sox
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox meet on Friday in interleague MLB action in Philadelphia. The Phillies are -145 favorites over the Red Sox with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Philadelphia Phillies look to be picking up their game and while they almost blew a big lead late against the Cubs on Thursday they held on for the win. The Phillies have won five games in a row and are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 9-9 at home this season, and they are just four games back despite being in last place in the division. As a team the Phillies are hitting .261 with Carlos Ruiz hitting .363, Placido Polanco hitting .281, and Hunter Pence hitting .253. As a team the Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 3.44 with the starters at 2.89 and the bullpen at 5.02. For game one against the Red Sox Philadelphia starts Cole Hamels who has won his last five decisions. For the season Hamels has allowed 40 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 49 over 47.1 innings of work for a 2.28 ERA.
The Boston Red Sox are in last place in the A.L. East and like the Phillies their play has been improving as well. The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 9-9 on the road this season, and 6.5 games back in the division. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .275 with David Ortiz hitting .345, Dustin Pedroia hitting .313, and Ryan Sweeney hitting .311. As a team the Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.70 with the starters at 5.24 and the bullpen at 3.76. For game one at Philly Boston starts Daniel Bard who won last time out to end a personal two game losing streak. For the season Bard has allowed 38 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 23 over 37.2 innings of work for a 4.30 ERA.
Philadelphia is 4-1 in their last five home games, 5-1 in their last six games as a favorite, and 6-0 in Hamels’ last six starts. Boston is 6-1 in their last seven games overall, 4-10 in their last 14 games as an underdog, and 2-4 in their last six road games. Boston is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings of these two.
Neither of these teams have been able to hit consistently and with these two pitchers I like the under.