Boston came into Atlanta on Tuesday night and defeated the Braves by a score of 10-8. The Red Sox won their second straight game and now sit two games back of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. Atlanta, on the other hand, has been struggling lately with losses in five of their last six games. The Braves will look to salvage this quick inter-league series with a win on Wednesday night.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the opening Red Sox-Braves odds.
MLB Odds: Red Sox-Braves Odds
Boston Red Sox +1.5 (-140)
Atlanta Braves -1.5 (+120)
Over 9 Runs (-115)
Under 9 Runs (-105)
Why The Red Sox Could Cover The Spread
Although the Red Sox pitchers got absolutely rocked in the first game of this series, the offense picked up the slack with a monstrous performance. Familiar names led the way as Alex Verdugo and Rafael Devers combined for seven RBI in the win. Devers leads a stout lineup that currently averages 4.99 runs per game, which is the fifth best mark in the Majors. Boston has won five straight and 21 of their first 31 road games this season, which makes this an ideal situation for them to be in.
Boston will turn to right-hander Garrett Richards for the series finale. Richards faced Atlanta back in May and gave up three runs over five innings in a losing effort. The hard throwing right-hander has had an up-and-down season, to say the least. Richards went 4-0 during a five-start stretch back in April and May and hasn’t won a start in four outings since. He is currently 4-4 with a 4.09 ERA and 61 strikeouts on the season.
Why The Braves Could Cover The Spread
The Atlanta Braves have been hindered by their pitching staff all year long and that held true in the first game of this series. The Braves scored eight runs in a game that saw Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna drive in two runs each. Atlanta scores the ninth-most runs per game in the Majors and if they can start to get a little help from the pitching staff, this team is capable of making serious noise. They’ll also have to find a way to capitalize on their home games as they’re currently one game under .500 at Truist Park.
Atlanta will turn to right-hander Ian Anderson as they look to salvage this two-game series. Anderson has been impressive this season with a 4-3 record and 3.26 ERA through his first 12 starts. The young right-hander is coming off a great start against the Pirates that saw him throw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits. Opposing batters are hitting just .213 against Anderson this season and he has struck out 69 batters over 66.1 innings of work.
Final Red Sox-Braves Prediction & Pick
It’s hard to predict that the outcome of this game will be similar to the first game of this series, but one common theme will certainly be offense. The Red Sox and Braves score runs with the best of them and both have several flaws in their pitching staff. Garrett Richards has been getting shelled lately and the Braves know they’ll have to be more aggressive in the box early on. Boston just scored 10 runs and although they get to face a tougher arm in this game, expect some similar fireworks from the visitors.
FINAL PICK: Over 9 Runs (-115)