Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox
|Date & Time||Friday July 12, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox +100 / Los Angeles Dodgers -120
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox meet in game one of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Fenway Park on Friday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to start the second half the same way they finished the first half, leading the majors with a 60-32 record, despite losing their four game set with the Padres, dropping the final three games thanks to a 5-3 defeat last time out. Justin Turner and Max Muncy each had a solo home run while Alex Verdugo went 2 for 3 with an RBI to finish off L.A.’s scoring as a team in the loss. Edwin Rios had a pinch-hit double while Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor each contributed a base hit as well in the defeat. Ross Stripling took the loss, falling to 3-3 on the year after allowing four runs on six hits over 4.1 innings of work. Kenta Maeda will start game one and is 7-5 with a 3.76 ERA and 94 strikeouts this season. This will be Maeda’s first career start against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will also look to keep the momentum rolling into the second half after finishing the first half with a four game winning streak after sweeping Detroit with a 6-3 win in their series finale last time out. Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogaerts each had two RBIs with Vazquez belting his 14th homer of the year while Bogaerts added a double. Andrew Benintendi had an RBI of his own while J.D. Martinez went 2 for 3 with a double. Marco Hernandez went 2 for 4 as well while Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had base hits as well in the winning effort. David Price got the win to improve to 7-2 on the year after giving up one run on four hits while striking out six over five innings of work. Heath Hembree closed out the 9th for his 2nd save of the season. Eduardo Rodriguez will start game one and is 9-4 with a 4.65 ERA and 106 strikeouts this season. This will be Rodriguez’s second career start against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is 1-5 in their last 6 interleague games and 52-24 in their last 76 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Boston is 11-1 in Rodriguez’s last 12 interleague starts and 40-12 in their last 52 interleague games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. Los Angeles is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Boston.
I can understand the allure of the Dodgers and near even money, but the issue is that the Dodgers haven’t had much luck between the two sides and haven’t had any luck recently in Boston. Rodriguez has also been darn near unbeatable in interleague play for quite some time, and while Maeda has been solid this season, his ERA more than doubles on the road compared to his ERA at home this season, with a 5.52 ERA away from home this season. The Red Sox also finished the first half of the season on the higher note, so while this is probably a game to just watch rather than bet, I think that Boston has enough to take game one on Friday.