Boston Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves
The Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves meet for game two of their series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are -135 favorites over the Braves with an over/under run total set at 10.5.
The Boston Red Sox were huge favorites on Friday against the Braves but it didn’t matter as they never got to the lead and lost the series opener. Daniel Nava, Will Middlebrooks, and Adrian Gonzalez all had hits as the Red Sox scored just once on three hits in all. On the mound starter Jon Lester allowed 10 hits and three runs while striking out five over seven innings for his fifth loss of the year. For Saturday’s game Boston looks to bounce back as they start Franklin Morales who had a no decision in his only start of the year as he has worked mostly from the bullpen. For the season Morales has allowed 25 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 29 over 28.2 innings of work for a 3.14 ERA.
The Atlanta Braves took advantage of their opportunities and look all around solid as they beat the Red Sox on Friday. Martin Prado and Jason Heyward had three hits each and Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman had two hits each as the Braves scored four runs on 13 hits. On the mound Jair Jurrjens returned from the D.L. with a vengeance as he allowed just three hits and a run while striking out four over 7.2 innings of work for his first win of the season and Craig Kimbrel earned his 21st save of the year. For Saturday’s game Atlanta starts Randall Delgado who has lost his last two start but allowed just three and two runs in each of them. For the season Delgado has allowed 62 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 60 over 74.1 innings of work for a 4.12 ERA.
Boston is 5-1 in their last six games overall, 44-14 in their last 58 interleague games against a right handed starter, and 3-8 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. Atlanta is 7-1 in their last eighth road games, 4-7 in their last 11 games overall, and 1-6 in Delgado’s last seven starts as an underdog. Atlanta is 2-4 in the last six meetings of these two.
The Braves didn’t pay attention to the odds on Friday and once again we saw the Red Sox lost to a team with a winning record which I see them doing again here.
Atlanta Braves +115 Boston Red Sox