Have to love an interleague matchup between two playoff teams. Both the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies are trying to rebound from poor starts to get back to October, and both have been winning lots of games recently. Last night, the Rockies beat the Red Sox 5-4 in 11 innings—let’s hope for another barnburner tonight.
Moneyline – COL +134, BOS -144
Runline – COL +1.5 (-155), BOS -1.5 (+145)
O/U – 9 (O +105, U -115)
First Pitch – 7:10 PM ET, Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Rockies pitchers should be thankful this matchup comes as the second of an eight-game road trip; their team ERA at Coors Field is a major league home field worst 6.49. Hard to win games with numbers like that. Of course, Colorado’s quest to improve its pitching gets no easier facing the red-hot Sox. Starter German Marquez (4-2, 3.43 ERA) looks to subvert our expectations of Rockies pitching against one of the best offenses in the league.
Boston Red Sox
Chris Sale had an incredible performance last night, striking out 17 Rockies in 7 innings (the Red Sox would go on to lose in extras). In other news, Boston is finally starting to look like the defending World Champions, winning 8 of their last 10 and averaging 6.29 runs in their last 7. Tonight’s starter, lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 4.53 ERA), hopes to keep Boston hot against a rising Rockies team. A possible X-factor is rookie Michael Chavis, who hit a solo home run last night and has been extremely solid filling in for an eternally injured Dustin Pedroia.
Numbers can be deceiving. An initial glance at ERA would tell you that Marquez is the better pitcher, and perhaps he is. However, Rodriguez has had something to say about that, going 6 innings with 1 ER and 7 with 0 ER in his last two starts. The Red Sox have also been on an offensive tear of late. Considering recent trends, I’ll take the recovering champs. With two good pitchers on the mound and some extra baseball yesterday, I would expect a low-scoring affair tonight. Take the Red Sox and the under.