Red Sox vs. Braves Prediction
Two first-place teams will clash to begin a series on Labor Day this afternoon as the Atlanta Braves host the Boston Red Sox. Will Atlanta make a statement today and send Boston to a loss?
979 Boston Red Sox at 980 Atlanta Braves
Monday, September 3, 2018
SunTrust Park at 1:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow, the Red Sox are a -117 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Braves are a +107 underdog, while the total is set at 9 runs. As of Monday morning, 70 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Boston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Red Sox sleepwalk in Chicago
Boston was shut out 8-0 Sunday afternoon in its series finale at the White Sox, splitting the four-game series. Xander Bogaerts helped pace the offense by going 2-for-3 with a stolen base. J.D. Martinez finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Brian Johnson suffered the loss as he surrendered four earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and one walk in 1 1/3 innings.
Braves take two of three from Pirates
Atlanta secured a 5-1 home win against Pittsburgh Sunday to win two out of three in the series. Ronald Acuna Jr. led the way by going 3-for-4 with a solo homer, a double and two runs scored. Ozzie Albies finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI. Dansby Swanson was also 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jonny Venters picked up the win in relief as he retired the only batter he faced.
Nathan Eovaldi (5-7, 4.35 ERA) will start today for the Red Sox, while the Braves turn to rookie Touki Toussaint (1-0, 1.50).
MLB Betting Trends
The Red Sox are 41-13 in their last 54 games on grass. Boston is 44-14 in its last 58 interleague games.
The under is 12-3 in the last 15 Braves games. Atlanta is 9-25 in the last 34 meetings with the Red Sox.
Boston uncharacteristically struggled yesterday against James Shields and now face a promising rookie in Toussaint for the first time. With travel and a day game, I'm going to go with Atlanta here as it gets to stay at home. Plus, Eovaldi has really struggled lately after starting the season in fine fashion with the Rays before being traded.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: ATLANTA BRAVES +107