Boston Red Sox
After taking Game 1 of this three game series in the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Phillies will look to improve upon their NL East lead when they clash with the Boston Red Sox in yet another Fox Saturday Baseball betting battle. The Phils got homers from both 1B Ryan Howard and RF Jayson Werth to go with seven innings of three hit ball from RHP Cole Hamels to win on Friday.
Any time that RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka takes the mound, Red Sox bettors have to cringe just a little bit. Dice-K has had three absolutely atrocious starts against just one solid one to start this season, yet he is still 2-1 in spite of the fact that his ERA is a woeful 7.89. Stamina is really starting to show on the Japanese righty, as he hasn't lasted longer than 5.1 innings in three of his four starts as well. Just two years ago, this is a man that went 18-3 and averaged just under six innings per start. Dice-K has one lousy outing in his career against the Phillies, as he has four earned runs in as many innings and has conceded two bombs against them in his career.
Depending on whether you're a glass half full or glass half empty person, you may love what you see out of RHP Kyle Kendrick, or you may hate it. The optimist says that Kendrick has allowed just six earned runs in his L/3 starts and has an ERA of 2.57 in that stretch. The pessimist points out the fact that he has allowed at least four earned runs in five of his eight starts this year. All things told, Kendrick is 2-1 with a 5.24 ERA, which are fairly average numbers for a man who isn't asked to be much more than a fourth or fifth starter in a rotation that isn't asked to be spectacular for the team to succeed. Kendrick needs to improve his command, as 15 walks against 20 strikeouts in 44.2 innings of work isn't going to cut it at the MLB level, and certainly won't be good against a Red Sox lineup with a ton of potential.
We would love to back the Red Sox here, as they have won 13 of the L/17 meetings in this rivalry, but we just can't support Matsuzaka as this short of an underdog. The Phillies are 13-8 at home this year, and in this type of a price range, they're going to be lethal all season long. We'll hope that Kendrick has one of his "optimistic" starts and can keep the Boston lineup at bay as it was thanks to Hamels last night.
Selection: Philadelphia Phillies -140 at BetEd Sportsbook
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