Vegas Odds & MLB Predictions: Texas Renagers at Boston Red Sox (July 11th, 2018)
Boston Looks to Complete Sweep of Texas
On Monday they won 5-0 and two home runs is all it took to complete the scoring. The first came from newly acquired Steve Pearce in the bottom of the first inning, a two-run shot. The second came off the bat of JD Martinez in the eighth, his major league leading 28th of the season. Each of the top four batters in the lineup had two hits in the game.
Eduardo Rodriguez continued his fine season by allowing three hits and three walks in 5.2 shutout innings and the Rangers all told had five hits on the night.
Tuesday night was a more competitive affair before the Red Sox prevailed 8-4. At least in that game, Texas scored first. Rougned Odor hit his sixth home run of the campaign in the bottom of the second to give his team the lead.
It lasted all of one inning before those Boston bats came to life. Four different Red Sox came through with clutch hits on the way to a five-run third inning and three of those hits were for extra bases.
The closest Texas got from there was 6-4, but the Red Sox added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to put the game out of reach. Eight different Boston players collected hits in this one.
The loss dropped the Rangers July record to 2-7. They are in last place in the AL West.
The win was Boston’s eighth in a row and 15th in their last 18 games. There are in first in the AL East.
Bartolo Colon (5-6, 4.65 ERA) has had a pretty strong season, minus three rough starts in his last ten that has helped to grow his ERA above 4. He’s allowed three runs or less in five of his last six starts. Last time out he gave up three runs in eight innings in a 3-1 loss to Detroit. Texas has traded wins and losses in each of his last ten starts and are thus 5-5 in those outings.
Chris Sale (9-4, 2.36 ERA) has been among the hottest pitchers of baseball over the past month. Since June 8th he’s made six starts, pitched 41 innings and allowed five runs. That adds up to a 1.10 ERA. Boston is 4-1 in his last five starts and 6-4 in his last ten.
Boston is -360 favorites and Texas +280 underdogs. Perhaps Colon has the baseball Gods under his spell -which would call for a win to keep his streak of rotating wins and loss going. But personally, I think the way Sale is pitching gives Boston the clear edge and another lopsided win. The Pick: Red Sox 7-1.