Philadelphia Phillies vs. Boston Red Sox - 4/6/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (71-91) at Philadelphia Phillies (73-89)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 6, 2015 at 3:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
C Buchholz (0-0) (0.00) vs. C Hamels (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -119 / Boston Red Sox +109 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies will square off at Citizens Bank Park this Monday afternoon to kick of their 2015 seasons.
The Boston Red Sox are looking to rebound from a tough 2014 season in which they finished at the bottom of the AL East standings with a 71-91 record. The Red Sox will hope that they can find the magic they had in the 2013 season and with many offseason moves, a poised to make a title run once again in 2015. Boston acquired both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez in the off season and is projected to have one of the most lethal offenses in baseball this year. Boston has one of the more exciting prospects in baseball in Mookie Betts and will be hoping that Xander Bogaerts will be able to live up to the potential that we saw towards the end of 2013. One of the biggest questions coming into the season for the Red Sox will be the pitching as they won’t have a true ace in their starting rotation when the season begins. Boston acquired Rick Porcello from Detroit and Wide Miley from Arizona and will be pairing them with Clay Buchholz to lead the starting rotation. The Red Sox will be hoping that Koji Uehara can bounce back and be the dominant closer we saw in 2013.
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The Philadelphia Phillies had a difficult 2014 season finishing the year with a 73-89 record and the outlook for this upcoming season looks bleak as they are currently in full rebuild mode. The majority of Philadelphia’s issues come from their success in the 2000’s as the Phillies basically were always in a win-now mode in which they often traded their prospects/draft picks away to acquire a star player to make a playoff push. Philadelphia was ranked towards the bottom in both overall offense and pitching in 2014 and although they still have some familiar faces in Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Cole Hamels, they no longer have Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo. Philadelphia is projected to once again have difficulties on the offensive end and their starting rotation, outside of Cole Hamels, looks to be pretty weak as of right now. Overall, it looks as if Philadelphia will be in for a long season and battling the Atlanta Braves at the bottom of the NL East standings.
The Red Sox are 6-1 in their last 7 interleague road games vs. a left-handed starter and 96-40 in their last 136 interleague games as a favorite. The Phillies are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague home games and 7-16 in their last 23 interleague games.
This might be the most exciting game that Philadelphia will play all season and although I do expect Cole Hamels to come out strong in this one, I think that the Red Sox offense will still be too much for Hamels to handle and the Buchholz does enough for the Red Sox to pull out a win in this one. Take Boston to win.