The Boston Red Sox (21-29) and Atlanta Braves (28-22) will continue a MLB interleague series Tuesday night at Turner Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
Boston Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves
Boston snapped its longest losing streak since 1994 at 10 games, as it picked up an 8-6 victory over Atlanta as +121 road underdogs Monday, while going OVER the betting total for the sixth time in seven contests. The Red Sox are hoping that outfielder Grady Sizemore can turn things around at the plate, as he’s hit .409 with three doubles in his career against tonight’s opposing starter. Offensively, the team hit just .197 with runners in scoring position during its skid, with designated hitter David Ortiz going 4 for 34 overall. Boston is 6-5 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 9-2 in that situation.
Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (4-6, 3.36 ERA) has dropped back-to-back outings, including a 7-2 home defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, as he allowed seven runs and 10 hits over 6.1 innings of work. The left-hander is 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in five road appearances—issuing six walks and striking out 38 batters in 35.2 combined frames. In 14 career interleague road starts, Lester has compiled a 9-2 record and 2.44 ERA.
Atlanta has alternated wins and losses over its last four contests, with the UNDER cashing three times in that span. The Braves are counting on outfielder Justin Upton to remain hot offensively, as he’s batting .419 with four home runs and 14 RBIs over his last nine games. It’s important to point out that the franchise has dropped 15 of the last 20 meetings in this series. Over the last two-plus seasons, Atlanta is 11-4 as home underdogs of +100 to +125.
Braves starting pitcher Aaron Harang (4-4, 3.32 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 5-4 home victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last time out, as he surrendered four runs and nine hits over 5.1 innings. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA in six home outings—not serving up a home run in 35.1 combined frames. In four lifetime efforts versus the Red Sox, Harang has tallied a 2-2 record and 5.64 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely back the Braves due to their 6-2 record in their eight games versus southpaw starers this season.