Riley, Devers Poised for Duel
Two of the top young stars in baseball will square off when the visiting Atlanta Braves play a two-game series with the Boston Red Sox. Austin Riley of the Braves and Rafael Devers of the Red Sox, both 25-year-old third basemen, are among the top 20 in the big leagues in most statistical categories, including top 10 in doubles, total bases, slugging, and OPS.
Devers has gotten the better of Riley in head-to-head matchups over the last three seasons, batting .400 with 20 RBIs in 30 at bats. Riley has hit .225 with six RBIs in his 40 at bats.
Braves Tumble in NL East Race
The Atlanta Braves head to Boston with their first three-game losing streak of the season and losses in five of their last six games in tow. Four of the losses proved costly as they came against the National League East-leading New York Mets, who pushed their lead to seven games while reducing the Braves’ wild card advantage to just three games. Brian Snitker’s team is in the top 10 in MLB in pitching ERA (3.66) and hitting (.250), but has struggled on both counts during the spate of losses with a 5.49 ERA and .197 batting average with 63 strikeouts. “It wasn’t a good weekend. We struggled to get the one win we did,” Snitker told the media. “We’ve got to put it behind us. We had a day off and Tuesday we have to start anew. We’ve got enough games left that we can make a run at this thing (NL East). That’s how we have to look at it.”
Hill Looks to Tame Braves’ Bats
Rich Hill will be happy to see the Braves come to town as the veteran left hander has fashioned a 5-0 record and 2.13 ERA against them in his career. The 42-year-old, who is in his third stint with the Red Sox, has pitched against the Braves with five different teams, but never with Boston. Hill has had a couple of good months with the Red Sox this season, including a 3-1 record in June, but he has been roughed up a bit in his last two starts with seven earned runs in 7.2 innings. The Braves have the second highest OPS (.777) in the majors this season against lefties and have a 23-13 record, including 20-6 mark since May 11, in games started by lefties.
Braves vs Red Sox Head-to-Head
The Braves and the Red Sox have split a pair of games this season and 12 games over the last three years. Nine of the 12 games have gone over the run total with one under and two pushes.
The Boston Red Sox lead the all-time series, which began in 1997, 46-38 but are 18-23 at home.
Xander Bogaerts has hit .318 with 25 runs scored and 16 RBIs in 30 games vs. the Braves. Ronald Acuna Jr. has three homers, 10 runs and seven RBIs in 13 games vs. the Red Sox.
Braves vs Red Sox Game Information
- Game: Braves (64-46) vs Red Sox (54-56)
- Location: Fenway Park, Boston
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Live stream: MLB.tv
Braves vs Red Sox Betting Lines
C. Morton -R
|Boston Red Sox
R. Hill -L
Braves vs Red Sox Prediction
The Braves will counter Hill with right hander Charlie Morton, who has been hit or miss this season with 11 starts with three earned runs or less and nine with four or more earned runs. The Red Sox have fashioned a .708 OPS against righties compared to .761 against left-handers.
The MLB odds on this game are not very inviting, particularly the over/under of 9½ runs. Take a stab on the under and hope the Braves’ hitting woes continue for another game.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.