Boston Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies Free Preview

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The Philadelphia Phillies will do battle against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. This interleague showdown will get going at 7:05 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to New England Sports Network to catch the game.

Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies Odds

Philadelphia (+120) is coming into this one as the underdog to Boston (-130) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this game at 9 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total stand at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. The game’s runline odds stand at +115 for betting the Red Sox -1.5 runs and -135 for the Phillies +1.5 runs.

The Phillies are 65-53 straight up (SU) and 57-60 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 12.6 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 11.1 units (ATS). The Red Sox, on the other hand, are 86-35 SU and have gone 74-46 ATS. In total, the team’s gained 33.8 units for moneyline bettors and 28.5 units ATS.

Phillies games have had an over/under record of 49-63-5 in 2018. The Red Sox have an over/under record of 55-60-5.

Nathan Eovaldi will get the nod for the BoSox. The right-handed Eovaldi is 5-4 with a 3.74 ERA and 62 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Phillies this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Phillies will turn to righty Vince Velasquez (8-9, 3.98 ERA), who’s got 131 strikeouts and 45 walks to his credit as well as a WHIP of 1.22. Velasquez did not record a start against the Red Sox in 2017.

Philadelphia’s pitchers have given up 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.68, a WHIP of 1.19 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.8. The bullpen has a 3.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 9.2 K/9.

The Philadelphia hitters have put up 4.3 runs per contest, including 3.4 per game over its last 10 games and 1.8 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .172/.235/.268 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that span.

The Phillies’ batters have been led by Odubel Herrera, who is slashing .270/.324/.449 with 19 home runs, 61 RBIs and 54 runs scored.

For the visiting squad, Boston’s pitching staff allowed 3.7 runs per game and its starters own a 3.56 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 9.62 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.32, along with a WHIP of 1.18 and a K/9 of 9.71.

Red Sox hitters have slashed .269/.341/.465 on their way to 5.5 runs scored per game this season, including 7.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (5-0 SU).

J.D. Martinez has led Boston’s offense. Martinez is slashing .333/.400/.665 with 37 home runs, 104 RBIs and 87 runs scored.

The Red Sox just took the previous game in the series by a final score of two runs to one.

Boston Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends,

  • The over has cashed in just one of Philadelphia’s last seven games.
  • The Red Sox have hit 20 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
  • Philadelphia has averaged 16.6 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 contests and 12.6 over its last five.
  • The Red Sox have won 11 of their last 12 games SU while the Phillies have dropped four of their last five.