Something is brewing with the Cincinnati Reds, who suddenly look like contenders in the National League Central thanks to a huge offensive surge. They’ll try to keep their bats going when they continue a three-game series at the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
Cincinnati had runners all over the bases in a 9-8 win to begin the series on Tuesday night. We correctly called for a high-scoring game in that one and there might be a chance for some more fireworks on Wednesday. After reading this preview, check out our MLB lines.
Reds Seeking Fifth Straight Win
Cincinnati can tie their season’s longest winning streak with a victory Wednesday. It has scored at least eight runs in four straight wins while hitting .361 and drawing 19 walks. Since May began, the Reds rank third in on-base percentage and doubles and fifth in steals. That attack keeps pressure on opponents and has fueled the Reds’ 32-22-0 mark against the run line at the sportsbook.
Red Sox Rally Falls Short
Boston got the bats going in the opener, but it was too little, too late. The Sox did all their scoring over the final three innings, including a five-spot in the ninth. It was their sixth loss in the last eight games, dropping them into last place. Boston did have its most runs since May 17. Perhaps that will carry over into this one and impact your bet online.
Luke Weaver (1-2, 5.45 ERA) vs James Paxton (1-1, 5.14)
Weaver is coming off his best start of the year Thursday against St. Louis. He blanked the Cardinals over 6⅓ innings while giving up just three hits and walking one. It left the 29-year-old with a 3.68 ERA over his last four starts as he shows signs of finding a groove. Weaver has made just one relief appearance in his career at Fenway Park. Current Red Sox hitters are a combined 14-for-38 .368 against him.
This will be Paxton’s fourth start since returning from a spring training hamstring injury. The first two went well (three runs allowed in 11 innings), but he gave up five runs in just three frames against the Angels his last time out. The 34-year-old, who has never faced the Reds, has a remarkable 25 strikeouts against four walks in 15 ⅔ innings in his career at Fenway. Perhaps that will impact your online gambling choices.
Reds vs Red Sox Head-to Head
Cincinnati has won two of the last three meetings in Boston after dropping its first five at Fenway Park. Eight of the last 12 matchups have been decided by one run.
Reds vs Red Sox Game Information
- Game: Reds (25-29) vs Red Sox (28-26)
- Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, May 31, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Reds vs Red Sox Live Stream: MLB.tv
Reds vs Red Sox Betting Lines
The Reds’ surge feels like one of those trends you need to get behind until you see a reason not to, and they’re starting to gain some attention in the MLB news cycle. Cincinnati is swinging well from top to bottom and will give Paxton some tough at-bats. When making your MLB picks, consider another high-scoring affair.
Pick: Over 10 (-115)
After a start earlier this month by Weaver, manager David Bell said it was the best he’s seen from the righty in years. The outing against St. Louis gave the team another indication that Weaver may have found something. If that’s the case, and if the Cincinnati offense continues to click, that’s a pretty formidable bunch going out there Wednesday.
For those of you into live betting, the Red Sox bullpen is very rested.
Pick: Cincinnati Reds +150