Atlanta Braves vs. Boston Red Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/26/14
Boston Red Sox (20-28) at Atlanta Braves (27-21)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Turner Field)
Clay Buchholz (R) (2-4) (6.320) vs. Ervin Santana (R) (4-2) (3.418)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -123 / Boston Red Sox +113 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, NESN
The Atlanta Braves secure their spot atop the East with a win over the Boston Red Sox.
To say the Red Sox are struggling might be understating their problems with issues on the mound and at the plate. Boston saw their slump extended to ten games following an 8-5 defeat at Tropicana Field Sunday. Brandon Workman hung tough on the mound with three runs scored on five hits in five innings but Craig Breslow was hammered for five 7th inning runs in just 2/3 of an inning. The bats rallied late but it wasn't enough as Jonny Gomes slammed a two run bomb and Xander Bogaerts knocked in two more but the late scoring burst of the Rays was decisive. Clay Buchholz opens the series on the mound versus the Braves. Buchholz has been up and down in 2014 and was down in a 6-4 loss to Toronto with five runs plated on nine hits in 4.2 innings.
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I always say there is no team Atlanta can't beat and no team that can't beat them because when they are hot the sky is the limit but when the bats struggle they are plain vanilla. Things are good right now after a 7-0 rout of visiting Colorado on Sunday with all areas clicking. Starter Julio Teheran was at his very best with a four hit shutout through six innings while striking out seven. The offense enjoyed a power surge with four homers led by Evan Gattis with a pair of bombs while Justin Upton and Chris Johnson going deep with the trio combining for all seven RBI's. Atlanta is scheduled to start a struggling Ervin Santana in the series opener against the Red Sox. Santana has been hit hard the past two times out with eleven runs scored on 19 hits in only 12 frames.
Atlanta has obviously been the better team so far but Santana has been sacry bad and isn't easy to back. Neither are the slumping Red Sox who hopefully lose one more...