Atlanta Braves (29-19) at Boston Red Sox (34-16)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 26, 2018, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox -144 / Atlanta Braves +134 --- Over/Under: 10
Out at historic Fenway Park on Saturday, the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox will be picking up their MLB series once again.
In the Friday game, the Sox peppered in runs from the fourth through the eighth and came away with a 6-2 win.
For the Saturday matchup, the Braves will be trotting out lefty Sean Newcomb. In his 52.2 innings and 5-1 record this year, Newcomb has a 2.39 ERA with 58 Ks and 24 BBs.
Tops in hitting for the Braves entering this series was Nick Markakis with 66 hits, 31 runs and 32 RBI. In the opener, Markakis had a hit and two RBI.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, they’re going with Drew Pomeranz on Saturday. Across his 28.2 innings and 1-2 record this year, Pomeranz has a 5.97 ERA with 28 Ks and 16 BBs.
Coming into this set, Mookie Betts led the Sox with 64 hits, 49 runs, 16 homers and 35 RBI. In the Friday game, Betts ripped a two-run homer.
The Braves are 4-1 in their last five Saturday games and 8-17 in their last 25 during game two of a series. Atlanta is also 4-0 in Newcomb’s last four road starts and 5-0 in his last five starts.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 10-2 in their last 12 Saturday games and 15-6 in Pomeranz’s last 21 home starts. Boston is also 17-8 in Pomeranz’s last 25 starts and 1-4 in their last five home games versus a left-handed starter.
Newcomb is on a great run right now, with four straight quality starts and just one earned on nine hits over his last quartet of outings. As for Pomeranz, he’s been a little shaky with seven earned on 13 hits in his last two starts over 8.0 innings. Despite Boston’s strengths, this might be a good spot to pick the Braves for a win.