If the Boston Red Sox want to stay in the hunt for the playoffs, winning this weekend's series against the Los Angeles Dodgers is a near must.
Be sure to check out this week's episode of the Baseball Insiders, Betting Edition, to hear Peter Dewey and I break down this pivotal series and give our picks for each of the three games.
Now, let's take a look at the betting odds for Friday night's series opener and then I'll give you my best bet.
Dodgers vs. Red Sox odds, run line, and total
Dodgers vs. Red Sox prediction and pick
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Now, if you want a bet to tail for this game to take advantage of the above offer, I'm going to suggest the OVER 10 runs. As I talked about in this week's episode of Baseball Insiders, both pitchers in this matchup show signs that they may give up plenty of runs tonight.
Like it or not, Kutter Crawford's numbers fall off a cliff when pitching at Fenway. His ERA goes from 2.06 on the road all the way up to 5.95 at home. Those are disastrous numbers.
Meanwhile, Lance Lynn sports an ultra-impressive 1.44 ERA since joining the Dodgers at the trade deadline, but I refuse to believe he'll be able to keep that up after posting a 6.47 ERA in 22 starts with the White Sox. He's more than due for a bad start.
Let's sit back and root for runs in this interleague showdown.
Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.
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