The Boston Red Sox got another excellent performance out of pitcher Chris Sale on the mound on Friday as his resurgence continues. Sale’s performance helped Boston beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in the series opener as they cashed as a road favorite.
The teams will be back at it on Saturday. Are the Red Sox the better option for your MLB picks on the road again or will the Diamondbacks get some revenge?
Red Sox Snap Four-Game Skid
The Red Sox had been riding a four-game losing streak heading into Friday’s affair, so the win was important. Sale was again crisp, going five innings while giving up just one earned run.
He was battling a stomach bug, so those who bet online were skittish about backing him pre-game but he delivered. The Red Sox had been outscored 20-4 during that losing skid, so this win helps tremendously.
Are Diamondbacks Fading?
Arizona’s loss was the first game it has played at home in a while and maybe the Diamondbacks were a bit flat-footed after the long road trip. They went on a nine-game road trip, winning six of those matchups spread across three different series.
Unfortunately, their return home didn’t go as expected. A below-average pitching performance from rookie Brandon Pfaadt put them in a hole early, giving up five runs in three innings.
This team has been a surprise in the early part of the season but it now has lost two in a row. If you’re looking at the MLB odds here, note that Arizona lost more than two consecutive games once this season.
Garrett Whitlock (Boston Red Sox) vs. Zach Davies (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Garrett Whitlock hits the mound for the Red Sox. He’s appeared in three games and 16 innings and has underwhelmed. He’s pitched to a 1-2 record but has a lofty ERA of 6.19 in those matchups.
Zach Davies will be the counter pick on the mound for the Diamondbacks. He is going to be making his return to action after suffering an oblique injury earlier in the season.
He has pitched in two games, lasting nine innings. He surrendered six runs and nine hits in that span to post a 5.79 ERA. He’s been a shaky bet in the sportsbook.
Red Sox vs Diamondbacks Head-to Head
Not surprisingly, there’s only been one game between these teams in the past few years during the regular season. That matchup was on Friday night, with Boston taking that 7-2 win.
Red Sox vs Diamondbacks Game Information
- Game: Red Sox (27-24) vs Diamondbacks (29-22)
- Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
- Day/Time: Saturday, May 27, 7:15 p.m. ET
- Red Sox vs Diamondbacks Live Stream: MLB.tv
Red Sox vs Diamondbacks Betting Lines
The MLB betting total is listed a high at 9.5 runs. Neither of these starting pitchers has been great and both of them have over a 5.50 ERA on the season. Davies, in particular, is also returning from an injury that kept him out for nearly two months.
Look for the lineups to have a good day in a high-scoring affair.
Pick: Over 9.5 (Ev)
MLB live betting might be the best option in this toss-up of a game. However, it is tough to pass up the Diamondbacks as home underdogs.
They have only lost more than two consecutive games once this season, so it seems like a reasonable play to take them to end their short losing streak once again.
Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks +113