Philadelphia Phillies
(31-28, -$763)

Boston Red Sox
(35-27, -$7)

Two teams that are heading in opposite directions in the standings in their respective divisions crack skulls in MLB betting action on Saturday afternoon, as the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox do battle. The Sox are closing in on the Tampa Bay Rays, as they are just four games in the rears of the team with the best record in baseball after last night's win. The Phillies are sliding, having lost eight of their L/11 games and are in dire need of some wins if they want to have a chance of once again defending their National League crown.

RHP Joe Blanton has certainly had the MLB odds stacked against him all season long. The right-hander came back from injury to start the season, but he hasn't looked anything like the man that was once a highly coveted prospect and youngster in the Oakland system, or the one that had gone 16-8 in his first season and a half in the City of Brotherly Love. Blanton hasn't won a start since May 15th and is just 1-4 on the year with a 6.07 ERA. After posting a K/9 of 7.51 last year, his 22 strikeouts in 43.0 innings of work (4.60 K/9) is embarrassing. The home run ball has always been a problem for Blanton, as he has conceded 118 dingers in 169 career starts, and this year is no exception. The righty has allowed nine bombs in seven outings. If there is a bright spot, it is that Blanton is 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA in his career against the BoSox.

With back-to-back solid starts under his belt, RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka will be looking to bring another victory to the Sox in Beantown on Saturday afternoon. He tossed eight scoreless innings for the second time in four starts earlier this week in Cleveland, holding the Tribe to just four hits and two walks and striking out five in the process. For the season, the Japanese star is 5-2 with a 4.59 ERA, but his ERA has come shooting down from 11.57 after one start and 7.89 as recently as May 17th. The other scoreless outing over eight innings that he had this year came against these Phillies on May 22nd when he was tossing a no-hitter through 7.2 innings before giving up his first and only hit.

The Phillies are really struggling right now, and it's hard to see how that is going to stop with as well as Matsuzaka has been throwing the ball. These odds aren't unrealistic to be laying for Boston at home, so we will recommend going with the hosts to take their fourth straight game against the Phils this year.

Selection: Boston Red Sox -150 at Bookmaker Sportsbook

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