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2021 MLB Handicapping
(41-43) Philadelphia Phillies vs. Boston Red Sox (54-34)
Date: Friday, July 9th, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Projected Pitchers: Vince Velasquez (PHI) vs. Garrett Richards (BOS)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Phillies +115 Red Sox -147
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Phillies +1.5, Red Sox -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 11
The Phillies will be in Boston for the first time this year when they face the Red Sox Friday at 7:10 ET.
These teams met back in May and the Red Sox won 2 out of 3.
Vince Velasquez is going for the Phillies and Garrett Richards will get the start for the Red Sox.
The Phillies have yet to really find their groove this year. They have won 4 of their last 6 games.
With a record of 41-43, they sit 4th in the National League East. The Mets are 4.5 games ahead of them.
Philadelphia has taken 2 of the first 3 games against the Cubs. Chicago won 8-3 on Wednesday. The last game of that series is Thursday at 8:05 ET.
Zack Wheeler went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on Wednesday.
Vince Velasquez has been good at times and struggled at times. He is 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA. His last start was on Sunday against the Padres where he went 6 innings and allowed 5 earned runs. The Padres won this game 11-1.
Pitching has not been great for this so far. They have a 4.37 ERA which is 18th best.
The offense is the best part of their game. They are scoring 4.44 runs per game which is 14th best in baseball.
Bryce Harper, Didi Gregorius, and Rhys Hoskins are some key bats in their lineup.
They have belted 95 home runs which is 20th best in the game.
Boston Red Sox
Not many people had the Red Sox being all that good this year. So far, the Sox have totally exceeded expectations given to them in the pre season. They have lost 2 of their last 3 games, though.
Boston still remains in first place of the American League East with a record of 54-34. They are 2.5 games ahead of the Rays.
The Sox dropped 2 out of 3 games against the Angels this week. On Wednesday, Los Angeles won 5-4. In that series, the Red Sox scored 12 runs and allowed 14.
Eduardo Rodriguez went 5 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on Wednesday.
Garrett Richards is 4-5 with a 4.88 ERA. His last start was against the Athletics on Saturday where he went 5 innings and allowed 2 earned runs. The A’s won this game 7-6.
The pitching for this team is not as bad as it was last year, but it still has not been great. They have a 4.00 ERA which is 13th best. Their bullpen has been very impressive.
The offense continues to do a good job scoring runs. They are scoring 5.08 runs per game which is 3rd best in baseball. Their offense is led by their 3 all starts, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, and Rafael Devers.
This team has hit 110 home runs which is 11th best.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Phillies are 4-9 in their last 13 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Phillies are 4-10 in their last 14 interleague games.
- Phillies are 4-10 in their last 14 vs. the American League East.
- Phillies are 0-4 in their last 4 road interleague games.
- Red Sox are 6-0 in their last 6 homes games vs. a right handed starter.
- Red Sox are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Red Sox are 7-0 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Red Sox are 10-1 in their last 11 Friday games.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Prediction:
The Red Sox played down to their competition when they lost 2 out 3 against the Angels. They should have at least taken 2 from that team. They have to be more consistent if they wish to remain atop their division. I look for them to start off this series in a good way.
Boston is the better team here and I expect them to play like it. This team has done a good job for the most part when they have faced teams with losing records.
Garrett Richards was a lot better in his last start and I look for him to keep that up on Friday. The Sox should be able to hit around Velasquez enough in order to get a win.
Give me the Red Sox as home faves in this one.
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