Wade Miley (10-10, 4.57 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (62-72) meet Alec Asher (0-1, 6.35 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (53-82) in the second of a three-game interleague series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 7-5 and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 5 and will air on CSPh and NESN.
In his last start, Miley pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking one in a 5-4 loss to the Mets. Mookie Betts (.277, 69 Rs, 13 HRs, 65 RBIs, 17 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs and one RBI. The Phillies were unsuccessful the last time Asher pitched. He did not do well, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up four runs, striking out three and walking one in a 9-4 loss to the Padres.
Boston is a considerable -215 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Red Sox are 34-39 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,462. They come into the game with notable records of 7-5 as the favorite and 10-7 SU against the National League. The Red Sox have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The Red Sox rank third in the AL in hits with 9.2 per game. Don't expect the Boston hitters to swing wildly. They average only 6.9 strikeouts per game.
Across the field, the Phillies have a subpar record of 48-74 when they are the underdog and are -548 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 3-7 record. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.5 runs per game, above their 3.9 season average. Philadelphia is one of the top road hitting teams in the NL with an average of 8.9 hits per contest. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Philadelphia pitchers. They allowed 7.3 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 5.1.
In their previous four games this season, the Red Sox have a 3-1 record. This game will feature Asher (RHP) on the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 46-51 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Phillies will be the left-hander Miley. They sport a 13-17 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - Bos, O/U - Over
Philadelphia has won 41% (27-39) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Boston has won 46% (31-36) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 27-38 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 31-14. The Red Sox have a 49-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Philadelphia sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 525 this season. Boston ranks in the top five at third with 609.
Ranking 26th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 318 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 13th with 389.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, they are 47-41. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 35-39 record.