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Boston Red Sox vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Free Pick - 8/2/2013

Arizona Diamondbacks (55-53) at Boston Red Sox (66-44)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

The Line: Boston Red Sox -174 / Arizona Diamondbacks +164 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Arizona, NESN

The Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks face off on Friday at Fenway Park for game one of their interleague series.

The Boston Red Sox have been at the top of the AL East just about all season, but this looks like one division race that is going to come down the wire and every game is going to count. The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 37-20 at home this season, and have a game lead in the AL East. As a team, the Red Sox are hitting .272 with David Ortiz hitting .324, Jacoby Elslsbury hitting .300, and Dustin Pedroia hitting .296. The Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 3.76, with the starters at 3.73 and the bullpen at 3.80. For game one against the Diamondbacks, the Red Sox start Jon Lester, who has been impressive at home this season. For the year Lester has allowed 129 hits and 61 earned runs, while striking out 113 over 134 innings for a 10-5 record and a 4.10 ERA.

Boston Red Sox vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Free Pick - 8/2/2013

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks have fallen out of first place in NL West but they are still within striking distance to regain it. The Diamondbacks are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 25-29 on the road this season, and they are three games behind the Dodgers in the National League West standings. As a team the Diamondbacks are hitting .256 with Eric Chavez hitting .305, Paul Goldschmidt hitting .303, and Gerrardo Parra hitting .272. The D-Backs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.71, with the starters at 3.95 and the bullpen at 3.23. For game one in Boston Arizona starts Randall Delgado, who has won his last two starts. For the season Delgado has allowed 58 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out 38 over 53.2 innings for a 3-3 record and a 2.85 ERA.

Boston is 5-1 in their last six interleague games against a team with a winning record, 35-16 against the NL West, and 8-0 in Lester’s last eight home starts. Arizona is 3-7 in their last 10 game ones of a series, 1-4 in their last five road games against a left-handed starter, and 4-1 Delgado’s last five starts. Arizona is 0-5 in their last five games in Boston.

Boston won a big one on Thursday with a huge comeback, but Delgado seems to be a reasonable play at this price.

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