A winning streak will be on the line for the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday when they battle the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park.
The Red Sox will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander Jon Lester in this game. Lester has a 5-5 record and a 5.09 ERA this season.
The Phillies will counter Lester with Joe Blanton. Righthander Blanton has a 5.46 ERA to go along with a 4-3 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Red Sox listed as 126-moneyline favorites versus the Phillies, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.
The Red Sox gave up three runs in the seventh inning, before roaring back with three of their own to defeat the Yankees 4-3 on Thursday. The Red Sox won the game as +135 underdogs, and the seven runs went UNDER the posted over/under (9.5).
David Ortiz went 2-for-3 at the plate, including a solo home run. Takashi Saito earned the win in relief, and Jonathan Papelbon collected his 16th save.
Raul Ibanez belted a game-winning three-run homer to lift the Phillies to a 6-3 win over the Mets on Thursday, as a -105 pick’em. The game’s nine runs went UNDER the posted over/under (9.5).
Pedro Feliz went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored twice for the Phillies. Scott Eyre got the win in relief, and Ryan Madson collected his fourth save.
Boston has won 3 straight games.
Philadelphia has won 2 straight games.
Boston: 36-24 SU
Philadelphia: 35-23 SU
Boston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After playing NY Yankees are 8-2
After a win are 6-4
Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 1-9
After playing NY Mets are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston’s last 7 games
Boston is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Philadelphia
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games at home
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
Philadelphia is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
Philadelphia home to Boston, Saturday, June 13