Red Sox vs. Nationals Prediction
The Boston Red Sox held on for a road win last night at the Washington Nationals, scoring early against ace Max Scherzer. Will Boston win again today as it gets to face a more hittable pitcher?
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Nationals Park at 6:05PM ET
TV: MLB Network
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Nationals are a -108 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Red Sox are a -102 underdog, while the total sits at 9.5 runs. As of Tuesday morning, 70 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Boston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Three-run second propels Red Sox
A three-run second inning off Scherzer was enough for Boston to claim a 4-3 win Monday night at Washington. Mookie Betts added a solo home run in the seventh inning which gave the Red Sox a 4-2 lead at that juncture. Brock Holt finished 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Jackie Bradley Jr. was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run. Rick Porcello was 1-for-3 with a bases-clearing double to help his own cause. Porcello earned the win on the mound as he gave up two earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks over six innings to pick up the win. Craig Kimbrel earned his 25th save as he threw the final 1 1/3 innings, striking out one and walking one.
Nats hit three solo homers in loss
Scherzer settled down after the rough second inning, giving up the three earned runs on four hits with nine strikeouts and three walks over six innings. Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot. Juan Soto was 1-for-2 and walked three times. Anthony Rendon was 1-for-5 with a solo homer, while Bryce Harper finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run. Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
MLB Betting Trends
The Red Sox are 40-12 in their last 52 interleague games. Boston is 38-16 in its last 54 Tuesday games.
The Nationals 2-8 in their last 10 interleague games. The under is 23-6 in the last 29 Washington interleague games.
This game should see some easier scoring chances as Johnson is essentially a stopgap starter for Boston, while Roark has struggled mightily in recent starts. I'll take the more consistent offense here in Boston. With how Roark has pitched lately, I can't imagine him turning it around against this minefield of an offensive attack.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON RED SOX -102