Sox, Braves Each Hope for Sudden Turnaround
While it’s still early, the Boston Red Sox are falling out of playoff contention at a rapid rate. They would love nothing more than to turn their season around against the Atlanta Braves, a club that overcame a poor start in its title-winning 2021 and has experienced similar hardships in ‘22.
Red Sox are Ice Cold
In a loaded AL East, the 2021 Boston Red Sox still managed to win 92 games before ending their season in the ALCS. Thanks in large part to a five-game losing streak, this year’s team has to go on a 100-win pace from here on out just to match last season’s total.
MLB Vegas odds are starting to catch on to Boston’s slugging start. The 2018 champs are struggling to score runs, sitting 28th in MLB with 95 runs in 29 games. Along with a bottom-five OPS, the Sox carry a team ERA of 3.71 with 31 home runs allowed, the latter of which is the fifth-most in baseball.
The Red Sox will turn to Garrett Whitlock, who’s arguably been their top pitcher thus far. The 25-year-old started in relief but has been gradually stretching out in the rotation, accruing a 1.25 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 21.2 innings.
Braves Starting to Experience Deja Vu
The Atlanta Braves were below .500 for the entire first half of 2021 before winning the NL East with 89 wins and eventually capturing the World Series. While we’re still a long way from October, the first half in ‘22 looks nearly identical, as the defending champs have a losing record even after three wins in their last four contests.
Atlanta is still waiting for its offense to reach its full potential. The Braves have 36 home runs, the third-most in baseball, but an NL-leading 278 strikeouts that make opposing pitchers favorites in MLB picks. In addition to their boom or bust offense, the Braves’ pitching also had a concerning 3.97 ERA and 106 walks, the latter of which is bottom-five in MLB.
Just like their opponent, the Braves have a breakthrough pitcher of their own in Kyle Wright. The 26-year-old righty enters his start tonight with a 1.74 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 37 strikeouts in 31 innings.
Red Sox vs Braves Head-to-Head
Despite playing in separate leagues, the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves have seen quite a bit of each other in the last two years. In 2021, Boston won three of its four contests against Atlanta, including both of its road contests.
The Braves managed to win four of their six matchups against Boston in 2020, even though both of the Sox’s victories came on the road as well.
Red Sox vs Braves Game Information
- Game: Red Sox (10-19) vs Braves (14-16)
- Location: Truist Park
- Day/Time: Tuesday, May 10, 7:20 p.m. ET
- Red Sox vs Braves Streaming: MLB.tv
Red Sox vs Braves Betting Lines
|Boston Red Sox G. Whitlock -R||+1½ -170||+125||7½ -120o|
|Atlanta Braves K. Wright -R||-1½ +150||-140||7½ -115u|
Red Sox vs Braves Prediction
With the home crowd behind them and momentum on their side, the Atlanta Braves are understandably favorites according to the latest MLB lines. ATL is -140 to win its fourth game in five nights, while the Boston Red Sox are +125 to snap their five-game skid.
Aside from the moneyline, the Over/Under is set at 7½, with -120/Ev on both sides respectively. Even with two solid pitchers on the bump, Boston’s lackluster bullpen should make the Over quite intriguing.
That said, Boston hasn’t scored over five runs since April 27. Its most recent six-game homestand ended with five combined runs in four games, all of which were losses.
Meanwhile, Atlanta has scored five or more in three of its last seven, splitting a road series against the first-place New York Mets and taking two of three from the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers.
If you’re going to bet online for this game, it’s hard not to roll with the champs. The Braves look much better since Ronald Acuna Jr. reentered the lineup in late April. Meanwhile, the Sox have gained nothing from Trevor Story, their prized free-agent acquisition.
Even if Whitlock looks strong, he hasn’t thrown 80 pitches in a game this year. Meanwhile, Wright has gone 90+ in each of his last four outings. That means Boston will have to rely on its shaky bullpen on the road.
As you complete your online sports betting, make sure to roll with the Braves for Tuesday’s nationally-televised matchup.