Cincinnati Reds vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/12/14
Boston Red Sox (52-65) at Cincinnati Reds (60-58)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Joe Kelly (R) (2-2) (3.857) vs. Mat Latos (R) (4-3) (3.120)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -138 / Boston Red Sox +128 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FSN-OH
The Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds play a two-game series at the Great American Ball Park.
The Red Sox are 4-5 in the month of August and 13 games below a .500 record. The Red Sox are really struggling to put runs on the board, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Red Sox have lost eight of their last 11 games when scoring three or fewer runs. Yoenis Cespedes has a hit in seven of his last eight games and Dustin Pedroia has 16 hits in his last 10 games. The Red Sox have an ERA of 3.87, which is 20th in the majors. Joe Kelly takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and has 27 strikeouts in 42 innings. Kelly is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three career games against the Reds.
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The Reds are 6-4 in the month of August and two games above .500. The Reds offense has shown signs of improvement lately, producing four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Reds have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Devin Mesoraco is coming off a six-RBI game and Jay Bruce has hit in eight of his last 10 games. The Reds have an ERA of 3.36, which is sixth in all of baseball. Starting is Mat Latos, who is 4-3 with a 3.12 ERA and has 42 strikeouts in 66.1 innings. This is Latos’ second career game against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 interleague road games and 2-7 in their last 9 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Reds are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague home games and 27-8 in Latos' last 35 home starts. The Red Sox are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Kelly has had good success against the Reds in his career and it's clear Boston is trying its best to play spoiler this time of year. Give me the Red Sox for the plus money.