Boston Red Sox vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/5/14
Milwaukee Brewers (1-2) at Boston Red Sox (2-1)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Wily Peralta (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Clay Buchholz (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -175 / Milwaukee Brewers +165 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FS-Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Boston Red Sox face off on Saturday in game two of their interleague series at Fenway Park.
The Boston Red Sox started their Opening Day with a celebration of last year’s World Series Championship and they ended their day watching the game fall apart in front of them in the ninth inning. Will Middlebrooks hit a home run and David Ortiz, Dustin Pedrioa, and Grady Sizemore all had hits as the Red Sox scored two runs on five hits. Starting pitcher Jake Peavy allowed six hits and two runs while striking out four over 6.0 innings to not factor in the decision as Edward Mujica was shelled in the ninth inning taking the loss. For Saturday’s game the Red Sox start Clay Bucchholz who was having an outstanding season last year but was injured limiting his action after June. For the 2013 season Bucchholz was 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA while allowing 75 hits and striking out 96 over 108.1 innings of work. The Red Sox fell to 2-2 as the AL East looks to be brutally competitive once again.
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The Milwaukee Brewers had lost two games as they headed into Boston but after battling the Red Sox for the first eight innings they blew the game open in the ninth inning. Jonathan Lucroy had two hits including a home run, Carlos Gomez had four hits, and Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis had two hits each as the Brewers scored six runs on 12 hits. Starting pitcher Marco Estrada allowed four hits and to runs, one of them earned while striking out six over 5.2 innings to not factor in the decision as Brandon Kintzler go the win. For Saturday’s game Milwaukee starts Wily Peralta who makes his first start of the year. Last season Peralta went 11-15 with a 4.37 ERA allowing 187 hits and striking out 129 over 183.1 innings of work. The NL Central had three playoff teams last season so the Brewers have their work cut out for them.
Boston is 39-14 as a home favorite, 10-4 in game two of a series, 35-18 against the NL Central, and 9-2 in Bucchholz’s last 11 home starts. Milwaukee is 5-1 in their last six road games, 9-18 in their last 27 interleague road games, 6-2 in their last eight games as an underdog, and 1-5 in Peralta’s last six road starts. Milwaukee is 2-5 in their last seven games in Boston.
The Red Sox are a big favorite here and deservedly so as they have a decided mismatch on the mound and should bounce back at home here.