The second half of the Major League Baseball season will start with a bang, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are facing off right out of the gate. They will conclude a three-game series with an intriguing matchup on Sunday. The Dodgers are cruising to the best record in the National League and are one of the World Series favorites. Boston is likewise one of the most talented teams in baseball but has some work to do in the second half.
The Red Sox are far behind the Yankees for the American League East crown and a wild card might be the more likely path to the postseason. A win here over the Dodgers at home would be a step in the right direction. This is a heavyweight clash as the season kicks into high gear.
This MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox will be held at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 14th, 2019. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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The Dodgers have a record of 60-32 on the season. They lost three in a row heading into the All-Star Break but that is of little worry as they are far above everyone else in their division. Los Angeles is only 23-20 on the road this year so the Red Sox are certainly glad they will be at home in this one. The Dodgers have a 5.5 game lead on the Braves for the best record in the N.L.
The Red Sox have a mark of 49-41 overall. They started slowly but have come on strong of late and are widely expected to have a successful second half. Boston is the defending World Series champion and has plenty of talent to get back there if it plays better down the stretch. The Red Sox are just 20-22 at home this year, which is a great surprise.
The Dodgers are projected to send Cy Young front-runner Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound. He is 10-2 with a 1.73 ERA on the season. Ryu has a WHIP of 0.91 and has 99 strikeouts and only 10 walks. Ryu gave up seven earned runs to the Rockies two starts ago in one of his lone blips of the season but got back on track last time out with six shutout innings against the Padres.
The Red Sox are projected to send left-hander David Price to the mound for this matchup. The veteran has a record of 7-2 on the year with an ERA of 3.24. Price is getting older and may not be a true superstar like he was in the recent past, but he is still a very successful pitcher. He has given up two earned runs or fewer in his past four outings and is striking out more than a batter per inning on the season.
129. That’s the Dodgers’ positive run-differential this season, which is the best in the major leagues. They have done an awesome job on the mound and at the plate as this team doesn’t seem to have a glaring weakness. Boston has a good combination of both as well but has not been as consistent. The Red Sox have a healthy run-differential of plus-58 themselves.
Boston is facing the best pitcher in baseball this season and the best team, but the Red Sox are at home and are one of the rare teams with enough talent to compete.
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This should be a great matchup with tons of stars on both sides. Everyone will be nice and rested after the All-Star Break. In the end, the home field advantage tips the scales in favor of Boston, which would love to pick up a key win such as this to kickstart a second half which it hopes to turn into another deep playoff run.
MLB Betting Odds: Boston Red Sox 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 4
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