MLB Predictions: Cincinnati Reds vs. Boston Red Sox
The Cincinnati Reds (15-16) and Boston Red Sox (15-17) will open up an MLB interleague series at Fenway Park Tuesday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Reds vs. Boston Red Sox
Cincinnati has won back-to-back games, including a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers as -110 home favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total of 7.5. The Reds will be without the services of outfielder Jay Bruce for up to a month, as he recovers from a partially torn meniscus in his left knee. The club was swept in its only previous regular-season visit to this ballpark in 2005—getting outscored by a 23-4 margin. Cincinnati is 2-2 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the UNDER going 3-1 in that situation.
Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (2-2, 5.50 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last three outings, as he picked up an 8-3 home victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last time out. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in three road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .338 against him. In 10 lifetime interleague starts, Bailey has compiled a 2-6 record and 6.26 ERA.
Boston had its two-game winning streak snapped last time out, as it suffered a 3-2 defeat to the Oakland Athletics as +100 home underdogs, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five affairs. The Red Sox are 3-8 in one-run games this season, which has played a big part in their 15-17 overall record. Boston is 2-6 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 this season, with the OVER going 6-2 in those eight opportunities.
Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront (1-3, 5.70 ERA) has watched the club drop four of his five outings this season, which includes a no-decision effort in a 6-5 home defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays last time out. The left-hander is 0-2 with a 6.50 ERA in four home appearances—serving up four home runs in 18 combined frames. Doubront has compiled a 2.25 ERA and received an average of 12.54 runs of support during a four-start winning streak against the NL.
Sports bettors will likely back the Red Sox due to their 43-15 record in their last 58 interleague games as a favorite of -110 to -150.