The Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox open their three-game series on Friday night but will play the second game less than 24 hours later. The Brewers are coming into this series on a losing skid, dropping two series in a row to the Astros and Marlins. It's been a different story for the Red Sox, who just had a three-game series sweep over their American League East rival Tampa Bay. The Brewers lead the National League Central by two games over the Cubs, while the Red Sox are eight games back of the Yankees. It is time to continue our MLB odds series with a Brewers-Red Sox prediction, pick, and how-to-watch.

Colin Rea gets the ball in the second game, which is a good sign for the Red Sox. Rea struggled over his last five starts, allowing three or more earned runs in four of five. Rea's recent form has been poor, but he has a 3-2 record and a 4.07 ERA overall. He pitched well to start the season, with the Brewers winning six of his first seven starts. However, they've now dropped two straight.

Nick Pivetta was on fire for the Red Sox to start the season, allowing one earned run over 11 innings in his first two starts. Pivetta's progress stalled when he went on the injured list, and he had a poor outing in his first game back on May 8th, allowing five earned runs to the Braves. However, Pivetta found his form again over his next two starts, allowing three earned runs over 11 2/3 innings.

Here are the MLB Odds, courtesy of FanDuel. 

MLB Odds: Brewers-Red Sox Odds

Milwaukee Brewers: +1.5 (-176)

Moneyline: +116

Boston Red Sox: -1.5 (+146)

Moneyline: -136

Over: +9.5 (+100)

Under: -9.5 (-122)

How to Watch Brewers vs. Red Sox

Time: 4:10 PM ET/1:10 PM PT

TV: NESN, Bally Sports Network

Stream: fuboTV (Click for free trial)

Why The Brewers Will Cover The Spread/Win

The Brewers have been batting better than the Red Sox over their last ten games against righties, but have been unlucky, scoring almost two runs less per/nine. The Brewers haven't been able to generate runs, mostly due to their power-hitting regression. Milwaukee was one of the best home run-hitting teams in the MLB over the first two months but averaged about one every three games over their last ten. If there's one area where they can exploit Nick Pivetta, it's in that department, as he's given up six home runs in three games since returning from his injury.

Why The Red Sox Will Cover The Spread/Win

The Red Sox swept the Rays in their last series thanks to stellar starting pitching and timely hitting. They should get that again in this game, as the Brewers are averaging just 3.2 runs/nine over their last ten games, and Colin Rea is playing his worst baseball of the season. Opposing teams scored eight and nine runs in Rea's past two starts. If the Red Sox can replicate that at Fenway Park, getting the win will be no problem.

Final Brewers-Red Sox Prediction & Pick

The normally unfriendly confines of Fenway Park haven't been that way for the Red Sox this season. Boston is two games over .500 with a record of 26-24, but are just 10-13 at home. Meanwhile, the Brewers have been playing well on the road, with a 16-12 record. The Brewers should get some positive offensive regression in this series after a tough couple of series, and it'll continue in this game. Take the Brewers to win Game 2 of the series with Colin Rea on the mound.

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Final Brewers-Red Sox Prediction & Pick: Brewers ML (-116)