Braves vs. Red Sox Prediction
A pair of first-place teams lock horns for a three-game series beginning tonight as the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves battle the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. Will tonight be a lower-scoring game than what oddsmakers project?
Friday, May 25, 2018
Fenway Park at 7:10PM ET
TV: NESN (BOS)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Red Sox are a -182 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Braves are a +172 underdog, while the total sits at 10 runs. As of Friday morning, 58 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Atlanta. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Braves clinging to first place
Atlanta only has a half-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East after dropping the series finale at Philadelphia Wednesday night by a count of 4-0. Luiz Gohara took the loss for the Braves as he gave up two earned runs on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks over four innings. Nick Markakis and Ender Inciarte both went 2-for-4 to pace the offense. Johan Comargo and Dansby Swanson each added a double.
Red Sox slowed down at Rays
Boston was unable to record the three-game sweep at Tampa Bay Thursday night as it fell 6-3 in the series finale. Rick Porcello was roughed up as he surrendered six runs (four earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks over 3 2/3 innings. Eduardo Nunez paced the offense as he finished 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Rafael Devers was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk. Sandy Leon was 2-for-4, while Mitch Moreland hit a solo home run.
MLB Betting Trends
The Braves are 12-3 in their last 15 road games. The under is 6-2 in the last eight Atlanta games overall.
The Red Sox are 35-17 in their last 52 games overall. Boston is 40-13 in its last 53 interleague games.
Neither offense looked particularly good their last game, but Fenway Park can help turn bats around in a hurry. Teheran was rocked in his last start and his reward is a road date with a potent offense on the road. But he has actually been better on the road this season, albeit in a small sample size with a 2.89 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through 28 innings of work. I'll take my chances that he can deliver a good enough start to pitch into the seventh inning and hold the Red Sox to a few runs or less. Rodriguez has not allowed a run in two of his last three starts and can be dominant when he gets himself in a groove. Look for him to take advantage of a Braves offense that only scored a total of three runs in a three-game series at the Phillies.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: BRAVES/RED SOX UNDER 10