Clay Buchholz (0-2, 6.33 ERA) and Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 3.18 ERA) take the hill in the second of a two-game series between the Boston Red Sox (12-9) and the Atlanta Braves (4-17) at Fenway Park. The Braves lost the last game 9-4, continuing an eight-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 28 and can be seen on NESN, FSSO and MLBN.
Buchholz pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out six and walking one in an 8-3 defeat to the Astros. David Ortiz (.313, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs. Chacin went 5.2 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two in an 8-2 defeat to the Mets in his most recent start. Nick Markakis (.273, 9 Rs, 16 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Boston and Atlanta are Red Sox -190, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Red Sox have the edge in the season series, 3-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
When leading after seven innings, Boston is 6-4, while Atlanta is 3-6.
The Braves managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are heading in with a 3-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 1-11. The Red Sox have a 1-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit four this season. Boston ranks 26th with 17 home runs.
Ranking 26th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.57 per game. Boston ranks in the top five at third with 9.81.
Atlanta tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .000 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .790.
The Braves are 1-12 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 7-8 when they allow at least one homer.