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Boston Red Sox vs. Miami Marlins - 8/29/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Marlins (53-79) at Boston Red Sox (90-42)
Date & Time Wednesday August 29, 2018, 6:35 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Boston Red Sox -300 / Miami Marlins +250 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
FS-Florida, NESN
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MLB | Miami Marlins (53-79) at Boston Red Sox (90-42)
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The Miami Marlins and the Boston Red Sox square off in the finale of their mini two game interleague set from Fenway Park in MLB action on Wednesday.

The Miami Marlins will look to salvage a series split after dropping Tuesday’s opener in walk-off fashion by a final score of 8-7. Rafael Ortega and J.T. Realmuto each went 2 for 5 with two RBIs, with Realmuto hitting a two run homer in the 8th inning. Isaac Galloway and Starlin Castro each hit a solo shot with Castro going 2 for 4 with a triple as well while Magneuris Sierra added an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for Miami in defeat. Brian Anderson added a double, going 2 for 4, while Austin Dean, Miguel Rojas and Bryan Holaday each had a base hit in the losing effort. Jose Arena allowed four runs on six hits over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Drew Steckenrider took the loss to fall to 4-3 this season. Trevor Richards will start game two and is 3-7 with a 4.23 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. This will be Richards’ second career start against Boston.

The Boston Red Sox will look to complete the two game sweep of the Marlins after their victory on Tuesday. Jackie Bradley Jr. led the BoSox with two RBIs, while Eduardo Nunez added a solo homer and Andrew Benintendi added an RBI and a double in the win. Xander Bogaerts and Ian Kinsler each went 2 for 4 with an RBI, while J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 as well. Mookie Betts added a base knock to cap off Boston’s offense in victory. Brian Johnson allowed one run on five hits over 4.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision, while Craig Kimbrel picked up the win to improve to 4-1 this season. David Price will start game two and is 14-6 with a 3.50 ERA and 149 strikeouts this season. In his career, Price is 1-3 with a 3.42 ERA and 28 strikeouts against Miami. 

Miami is 2-5 in Richards’ last 7 road starts and 7-19 in their last 26 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Boston is 20-7 in Price’s last 27 starts and 40-15 in their last 55 games overall while the under is 3-0-1 in Price’s last 4 home starts. Miami is 2-10 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Boston.

I got burned by taking Boston on the run line on Tuesday, as the series opener was more exciting than I’m sure anyone had anticipated. But as the old saying goes, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Price has been electric, giving up two runs or less in each of his last six starts, with the Red Sox winning Price’s last 8 starts overall. Richards has been up and down lately and gave up five runs in just 4.1 innings of work in his lone start against Boston. Granted, that came at the very start of the season, but still. Boston should win this game and by a couple of runs so I’ll side with Boston to get the job done on the run line this time.

Boston -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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