Julio Teheran (0-2, 5.64 ERA) and Rick Porcello (3-0, 4.66 ERA) take the hill in the first of a two-game series between the Atlanta Braves (4-14) and the Boston Red Sox (9-9) at Turner Field. The Braves come into this series hoping to snap a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on NESN and FSSO.
Teheran pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs and striking out three in a 5-3 defeat to the Dodgers. Nick Markakis (.303, 8 Rs, 14 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one RBI. Porcello went 7.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 7-3 win over the Rays in his last outing. David Ortiz (.295, 8 Rs, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Red Sox, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Atlanta and Boston are Red Sox -150, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now.
The Red Sox capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, with a .277 team batting average. The Red Sox are an excellent base stealing team with 15 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
Atlanta has won 43% (3-4) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 50% (4-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Red Sox managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Braves who are heading in with a 1-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 2-4. The Red Sox have an 8-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Atlanta has earned 61 this season. Boston ranks eighth with 90 runs.
Atlanta and Boston both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Atlanta sits at 14th with 57 this season and Boston ranks 12th with 58.
The Braves are 0-2 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 4-5 when they hit at least one homer.