MLB Picks: Cincinnati Reds vs. Boston Red Sox
The Cincinnati Reds (15-17) and Boston Red Sox (16-17) will continue a MLB interleague series Wednesday at Fenway Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Reds vs. Boston Red Sox
Cincinnati has gone 4-6 over its last 10 games, as it looks to bounce back from a 4-3 defeat to the Boston Red Sox as +120 road underdogs, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Reds will likely be without the services of regular leadoff man Billy Hamilton again, as he hasn’t started a game since last Thursday due to two sprained knuckles on his left hand. Cincinnati is 2-3 as road underdogs of +150 to +175 the last two-plus seasons.
Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake (2-3, 3.53 ERA) has dropped back-to-back efforts, including a 2-0 home defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers last time out, as he allowed two runs and seven hits over eight innings of work. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.77 ERA in four road appearances—serving up six home runs in 28.2 combined frames. In his last two outings, the club’s offense has provided him just one run of support.
Boston has won three of its last four games, with the UNDER cashing in each of those affairs. The Red Sox are being led offensively by second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is hitting .338 in his last 17 games, and is 7 for 18 in four contests against the Reds over the course of his career. Outfielder Shane Victorino will likely play a big role in this affair, as he’s gone 4 for 10 in his career against Leake. Boston is 3-3 as home favorites of -150 to -175, with no clear edge in regards to the betting total.
Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (1-1, 2.87 ERA) was handed a 2-1 home loss by the Tampa Bay Rays last time out, as he allowed two runs and three hits over 6.1 innings of work. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA in four home appearances—issuing 15 walks and striking out 21 batters in 24.2 combined innings. Peavy is 6-0 with a 2.14 ERA in 10 starts against the Reds, but he hasn’t faced them since 2009.
Sports bettors will likely back the Red Sox due to their 48-23 record in their last 71 games as home favorites.