Steven Wright (1-2, 1.40 ERA) and Bud Norris (1-3, 6.75 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a two-game series between the Boston Red Sox (11-9) and the Atlanta Braves (4-16) at Fenway Park. The Braves come into this series hoping to snap a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 27 and can be seen on NESN and FSSO.
Wright pitched 6.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering one runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking five in a 6-2 win over the Astros. Travis Shaw (.324, 9 Rs, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and five RBIs. Norris went 4.0 innings, surrendering five runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 6-3 defeat to the Mets in his most recent start. Adonis Garcia (.306, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
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, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
Atlanta has won 33% (3-6) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 60% (6-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Braves are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Red Sox have a record of 2-1 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 1-10. The Red Sox have a 1-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting three this season. Boston ranks near the bottom with 15.
Ranking 25th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.65 per game. Boston ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.75.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Atlanta has an OPS of .000 this season. Boston ranks 11th with an OPS of .776.
The Braves are 1-11 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 6-8 when they allow at least one homer.