Get ready at 7 PM ET on Tuesday, the defending World Series champion Braves will welcome the Red Sox back to Turner Field for the third time in as many years.
Both of these teams have started the season off rather poorly. The Boston Red Sox are five games below .500 and the Atlanta Braves are three games under the break-even point. These two teams combined have cost MLB bettors more than $1,150 because their performances rank as the 4th and second-worst on online sportsbooks so far this season.
An intriguing pitching matchup starts today with teenagers Garrett Whitlock and Kyle Wright ready to take the mound. Both teams could thrive with each offense unable to get after the right-handed pitching.
As such, the game could end up being a low-scoring slugfest with both bullpens playing a major role in the eventual outcome. If that proves to be the case, it would mean the Braves would have a much better start with their pen. Not only are they outscoring batters more than their opponents but they're also getting loads of timely hits.
Are you a diehard Boston Red Sox or Atlanta Braves fan? The first pitch of the MLB interleague matchup is on Tuesday, May 10th at 7:20 p.m. ET and can be seen on FS1.
Despite being sixth-ranked a year ago, sports bettors are now betting the Red Sox as a below-average team. The Red Sox are among the teams that have cost bettors more money than any other. The Phillies, Braves, and Reds are also on that list. The Red Sox are one of the most successful franchises in sports and have a long history of championships. They are usually ranked near the top year after year too.
It could get worse before it gets better with their next four games before this series opener against the Angels and White Sox. The Red Sox dropped their second game with the Halos on Wednesday night and are now 10-15 overall and 5-9 in the AL East. The Red Sox are looking to end a difficult run of form and take their 6-10 record on the road. They last won a series away from Fenway Park back in April when they took two of three from the Tigers.
The Braves weren’t able to make any progress on the Mets earlier in the week after splitting a four-game series. Still, they've moved to 12-15 overall (-$629). They could flirt with a .500 home record by the time this series starts, but they won't be easy with the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers coming to town.
Garrett Whitlock: Coming from a background of only pitching relief to suddenly being called upon to start due to injuries has undoubtedly been a tough change for the youngster but he is responding well, with two impressive efforts. He's now 1-1 with a minuscule 0.54 ERA and a fantastic 20:4 K/BB ratio through 16.2 total innings of work! After being out of the pen for three starts, the righty has given up just 7 hits and 2 ER while also scoring 18 strikeouts and issuing only 2 free passes. He just set a career-high for strikeouts with 9 against the Angels last time out. His next appearance will be against a Braves offense that has struck out 28% of the time facing RHP.
Right-hander Kyle Wright enjoyed a memorable start to the year, but the New York Mets were his toughest opponent yet on Tuesday night. Having allowed no more than five hits or two ER in any of his four prior starts, the right-hander was peppered to the tune of nine hits that were turned into three ER by Pete Alonso and Co. He was also limited to his lowest strikeout tally of the season but still went seven innings for the second start in a row. While he was not as successful as in previous outings, he still pitched with high quality and helped the team rank 10th in that department. Boston is not good on the road and does not score many runs. With that in mind, it may be worth noting the Red Sox are 6-13 against righties, only averaging 3.3 runs per game. Wright pitching out of his inning is one to watch for if you can spot it!
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