Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox
|Date & Time||Saturday July 13, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)|
Over: 9 (-115) / Under: 9 (-105)
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox meet in game two of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Fenway Park on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to bounce back after being held in check in the series opener on Friday, dropping game one by a final count of 8-1. Alex Verdugo went 2 for 4 with a solo home run to make up the lone RBI for the Dodgers in the defeat. A.J. Pollock, Enrique Hernandez and Cody Bellinger each had a base hit as well as the Dodgers mustered up just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Kenta Maeda took the loss, falling to 7-6 on the year after giving up three runs on four hits while striking out seven over 5.2 innings of work. Ross Stripling will start game two and is 3-3 with a 3.79 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. This will be Stripling’s second career start against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will look to build on their strong showing in the series opener on Friday. Xander Bogaerts had a home run and three RBIs while Rafael Devers went 2 for 3 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Christian Vazquez went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a double while Mookie Betts and Brock Holt each had an RBI and a double as well. Jackie Bradley Jr. added a base hit to round out Boston’s offense as seven of Boston’s eight hits went for extra bases in the victory. Eduardo Rodriguez got the win to improve to 10-4 on the year after allowing just one run on five hits while striking out ten over seven innings of work. Chris Sale will start game two and is 3-8 with a 4.04 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. This will be Sale’s second career start against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is 0-4 in their last 4 interleague games and 52-25 in their last 77 games overall while the over is 10-2 in their last 12 road games against a team with a winning record. Boston is 2-6 in Sale’s last 8 home starts and 41-12 in their last 53 interleague games while the over is 9-3-2 in Sale’s last 14 home starts. Los Angeles is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 0-7 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Boston.
Boston had a solid showing in game one, and Sale is a name normally associated with being a sizeable favorite, especially at home. However, Sale has allowed five runs in back-to-back starts for a combined 10 runs in 11.2 innings and has allowed 14 runs, 13 earned, in 16.2 innings across his last three starts. On the other hand, I personally don’t trust Ross Stripling as a starter, and he’s given up four runs in back-to-back starts of his own spanning just nine innings of work. All of that information leads me to believe that this game will go over the total. Something just looks to be off with Sale and going against a Dodgers team that’s due to bounce back offensively probably won’t help matters, and we already saw what Boston is capable of offensively in the series opener, so I’ll side with what should be a double-digit total when all is said and done on Saturday.