Boston Red Sox vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Free Pick- 8/4/13
Arizona Diamondbacks (56-54) at Boston Red Sox (67-45)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
Brandon McCarthy (R) (2-4) (4.995) vs. Felix Doubront (L) (7-5) (3.465)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -171 / Arizona Diamondbacks +161 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Arizona, NESN, TBS
The Boston Red Sox look to maintain their grip on first in the East with a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Arizona has been hanging around the .500 mark over the past few weeks and that isn't a good thing, with the Dodgers refusing to lose in the National League West. The Diamondbacks are still right in the middle of the division race, although I wouldn't want to fall too far behind surging Los Angeles, who might stay hot and never cool off. The arms and bats need to get going on the same page, but didn't Saturday in a 5-2 defeat at Fenway Park. Patrick Corbin tossed a winnable game, with three runs allowed on eight hits and two BB in six frames, before David Hernandez gave up two more in 1/3 of an inning. The offense mustered six hits and walked three times, with Paul Goldschmidt launching a solo homer. Brandon McCarthy comes off the disabled list to face the Red Sox Sunday afternoon. McCarthy hasn't pitched since the end of May when he went down with a shoulder problem.
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After displacing Tampa Bay atop the rugged American League East, the trick for Boston is staying there with the difference between first and 4th being nothing but a bad week. After knocking off the Diamondbacks on Saturday, the Red Sox are rolling along with victories in six of eight, where the runs have been flowing. The runs were still flowing Saturday and that, combined with a strong performance from Jake Peavy, was a winning combo. In his first start for Boston, Peavy allowed both runs on four hits and a pair of free passes, while whiffing seven through seven frames to win his 9th. Boston rapped out nine hits and walked three times, with Jarrod Saltalammachia and Shane Victorino leaving the yard and driving in two runs each. Left-hander Felix Doubront takes the ball in the final game of the series Sunday versus Arizona. Doubront has dropped back to back games against Tampa Bay with five runs given up on 14 hits and five walks in 11.2 innings.
The first thing I notice is that Doubront is a sizable favorite and that doesn't sit well with me, but the reason is McCarthy is coming off the DL. I still don't like it and I'll sleep on this because I don't have a good read on it...