Boston Red Sox vs. Washington Nationals Matchup

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The Boston Red Sox will be squaring off against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The game gets underway 11:05 a.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is in line to broadcast this interleague matchup.

Boston Red Sox vs. Washington Nationals Odds

Washington (+115) is the home-team underdog to Boston (-125) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this game at 9 runs (+100 for the under and -120 for the over). You can also wager on the games runline with the current odds standing at Red Sox -1.5 runs (+120) and Nationals +1.5 runs (-140).

The Red Sox are 58-29 SU and have gone 49-37 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 15.3 units for moneyline gamblers and 11.7 units ATS. Boston’s covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven. The Nationals, on the other hand, are 42-42 SU and 40-43 ATS. They’ve lost 15.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 4.9 units ATS. Washington has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the under has cashed in five of those seven.

Nationals games have an over/under record of 32-49-2 so far in 2018. Boston has an over/under record of 40-43-3.

Eduardo Rodriguez is getting the start for the visiting Red Sox. The left-handed Rodriguez is 9-3 with a 4.11 ERA and 94 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Nationals this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Nationals are sending righty Erick Fedde (1-3, 6.00 ERA) to the mound. Fedde has 19 strikeouts and nine walks to his name, as well as a 1.63 WHIP. Fedde did not record a start against the Red Sox in 2017.

Washington’s pitching staff has given up 3.9 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The teams starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.73, a WHIP of 1.19 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.5. The bullpen has a 3.81 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

The Washington hitters are putting up 4.2 runs per contest, including 4.3 per game over its last 10 games and 5.8 per game over their last five. The teams hit .286/.372/.526 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon have led the Nationals batters this year. Turner is slashing .272/.353/.405 with nine home runs, 29 RBIs, 48 runs and 22 steals, while Rendon’s line is .289/.354/.530 with 12 homers, 37 RBIs and 35 runs.

For the visitors, Boston’s pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.82 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 9.51 K/9. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.18, along with a K/9 of 9.52.

Red Sox hitters have slashed .266/.334/.457 on their way to 5.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.7 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.6 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Boston’s hitters have been led by J.D. Martinez and Andrew Benintendi, who have combined to launch 39 home runs. Martinez is slashing .325/.391/.640 with 26 home runs, 71 RBIs and 60 runs scored, while Benintendi (.279/.360/.492) has produced 13 homers, 53 RBIs, 58 runs and 16 stolen bases.

The Red Sox have gained 16.1 units and are 38-26 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 31 of those games, as opposed to 31 that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Nationals have lost 14.7 units and are 9-15 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The overs hit in nine of those games, compared to 14 that went under the total.

Boston Red Sox at Washington Nationals Free Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • Boston has logged 16 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Washington has 20 XBH over its last five.
  • The Nationals have lost seven of their last eight games SU.
  • Boston has posted 24.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 24.0 over its last five.
  • The Red Sox have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games. The Nationals have hit 15 over their last 10.