Boston Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/29/14
Atlanta Braves (28-23) at Boston Red Sox (22-29)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Mike Minor (L) (2-3) (3.900) vs. Jake Peavy (R) (1-2) (4.650)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -114 / Atlanta Braves +104 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Network, SPSO, NESN
The Boston Red Sox will look for the four-game sweep when they host the Atlanta Braves Thursday night at Fenway Park.
The Braves have lost five of their last eight games and are in danger of falling out of first place in the NL East. The Braves pitching staff has struggled in this series, allowing 18 runs in the first three games. That doesn’t bode well for a Braves team that is 6-17 when allowing three or more runs this season. Offensively, the Braves were shutout in Wednesday’s loss, and Justin Upton has a six-game hitting streak. Getting the nod Thursday is Mike Minor, who is 2-3 with a 3.90 ERA and has 27 strikeouts in 30 innings. This will be Minor’s second career start against the Red Sox.
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The Red Sox went from losing 10 straight games to possibly sweeping the best team in the NL East. Boston’s offense has shown a drastic improvement in this series and the Red Sox are 22-12 this season when scoring more than three runs. David Ortiz has five RBI in this series and A.J. Pierzynski has five RBI in his last four games. The Red Sox pitching staff can still improve, including Jake Peavy, who is 1-2 with a 4.65 ERA and has 48 strikeouts in 60 innings.
The Braves are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series and 3-8 in Minor's last 11 starts. The Red Sox are 5-1 in Peavy's last 6 starts with 4 days of rest and 0-4 in Peavy's last 4 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Braves are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Boston.
The Red Sox have woken up in this series and the Braves are looking lost at both ends. For the cheap price, the Red Sox are the pick with the way both teams have been playing.