Boston Red Sox at Arizona Diamondbacks
|Date & Time||Sunday April 7, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox / Arizona Diamondbacks -- Over/Under:
The Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Sunday in MLB action at Chase Field.
The Boston Red Sox are getting desperate for a victory after a brutal 2-8 start to the season. The Red Sox have allowed 27 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight of their first 10 games. The Boston Red Sox are 2-7 this season when allowing three or more runs. Offensively, J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 14 hits and eight RBI while Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi have combined for 21 hits and 11 RBI. Hector Velazquez gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA and four strikeouts this season. This will be Velazquez’s first career game against the Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Diamondbacks have scored 21 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight of their first nine games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won five of their last seven games when scoring more than one run. David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 18 hits and four RBI while Adam Jones and Ketel Marte have combined for 28 hits and 17 RBI. Merrill Kelly gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and three strikeouts this season. This will be Kelly’s first career game against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games, 48-18 in their last 66 vs. National League West and 42-14 in their last 56 during game 3 of a series. The Diamondbacks are 0-6 in their last 6 Sunday games, 2-8 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series and 15-6 in their last 21 interleague home games. The Red Sox are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings. The over is 7-1 in Diamondbacks last 8 overall. The over is 24-9-1 in Red Sox last 34 overall.
The Boston Red Sox continue to come up short and a lot of it has to do with a pitching staff that just can't get it together. While there was no line at the time this article was posted, it would be safe to assume that the Red Sox would be favored yet again, and as I've said many times in the past, there's no reason to lay juice with this squad until they break out of this funk. That obviously hasn't happened yet. Not to mention the Arizona Diamondbacks have been tearing the cover off the ball out of the gate. I'm going to keep fading the Red Sox until they decide to get their act together.