The Rockies are gaining revenge for a World Series loss against the Red Sox, as they look to complete a interleague sweep.
Boston Red Sox at Colorado Rockies
Boston lost its fourth straight road game on Wednesday night in deflating fashion, with closer Jonathan Papelbon serving up a walk off home run. “Just fell behind and had to throw another flat fastball across the zone,” said Papelbon. The bullpen came into last night’s contest with a 2-0 record and 1.24 ERA in its previous 10 games. The Red Sox can just hope to avoid being swept on Thursday night, as its streak of winning nine straight interleague series is over. Boston ranks fourth all-time with a 137-106 interleague record and leads the Majors with a 92-48 mark since 2003. The offense has banged out 10 or more hits in six of its last eight games and nine of 11 since June 10, during which the club is batting .317 with 76 runs scored.
Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka is 5-2 with a 4.59 ERA in eight starts this season (+50) and will be making his first appearance since being placed on the disabled list on June 8, 2010 (right forearm). The right-hander was brilliant in his last start before being shelved, tossing eight shutout innings in a 4-1 road victory over Cleveland. He has tallied a 2-1 record and 4.62 ERA in four road starts (-50), with the Red Sox going 2-2 in those games. Matsuzaka is 6-5 with a 3.93 ERA in 13 career starts during June.
Colorado continues to prosper at home in picking up a dramatic 8-6 win over the red-hot Boston Red Sox. “It’s safe to say that’s Major League Baseball at its finest right there,” manager Jim Tracy said. The Rockies are now 21-13 at home this season and have not dropped a homestand in 2010. Surprisingly enough, since Tracy took over as manager on May 29, 2009, the club has not lost a single homestand under his leadership (67-30). Colorado is a solid 8-3 in interleague play this year (+540) and 26-15 over the last three seasons (+1,250). In picking up the first two games of this series, The Rockies have guaranteed a winning season in interleague play.
Rockies SP Jason Hammel is 5-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 11 starts this season (+20). The right-hander is enjoying a brilliant month, posting a perfect 3-0 record and 0.31 ERA in four starts. Hammel hasn’t allowed a single run in picking up victories in his last three starts, but the Rockies have managed to score just eight runs in those games. He will be hard-pressed to continue the scoreless streak, carrying an 0-2 mark and 5.50 ERA in eight games (two starts) against tonight’s opponent (-200).
Bettors need to be aware of the specific situation that Boston finds itself in tonight, posting a 3-1 record (+240) as a road underdog of +100 to +125. The team has also gone under the total in all four of those games. This is important, with the Rockies being 2-3 (-140) at home with a money line of -100 to -125 and the total being 1-4 O/U.