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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:10pm EDT
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: May 15, 2019, Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 7:10 PM ET

The surging Boston Red Sox are looking for a bounce-back win on Wednesday when they continue their two-game meeting with the Colorado Rockies. After splitting with the San Francisco Giants, the Rockies beat up on the San Diego Padres at home, along with stealing a road win on Tuesday from the Red Sox. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are coming off a three-game sweep against the Seattle Mariners. A head-to-head showdown between Rockies righty German Marquez and Red Sox’s lefty Eduardo Rodriguez will highlight the pitching battle.

Rockies’ upset sealed by Reynolds

It took 11 innings to bring the Red Sox’s scorching five-game winning streak to a halt, but the Rockies were patient and persistent when they needed to be to upset the defending champions at Fenway Park. All they had to do was wait out Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, who was throwing darts the entire time he was on the mound.

As soon as he stepped down, the offensive floodgates started opening for the Rockies.

Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon kicked off the festivities by knocking a pair of homers out of the park in the seventh and eighth innings to take the lead in the game. The Red Sox would ultimately respond with another run to tie things up and send the game into extra innings.

A scoreless 10th inning was followed by Mark Reynolds smacking a run-scoring single to center field to take the final lead in the game. Wade Davis closed the deal on the mound in the bottom of the 11th for the Rockies’ fourth win in five games.

Bullpen betrays Sale

Chris Sale pitched a gem on Tuesday, and it still wasn’t good enough to lift the Red Sox to victory. The 30-year-old lefty struck out a career-high 17 batters, which is the most since Pedro Martinez’s 17 in 2000. In seven innings total on the mound, he only allowed three hits and two earned runs in the 5-4 loss.

The rest of bullpen couldn’t hold up their end of the deal.

Brandon Workman was the first replacement, and he immediately gave up two hits and two earned runs, including a homer, in only one inning on the mound. Matt Barnes did try to dig the team out of trouble by keeping the Rockies scoreless and reeling off five more strikeouts. However, it wouldn’t last once Ryan Brasier stepped up and gave up the game-winning run. Sale can’t be nearly as sick as a Red Sox team that knows it let him down.

The offense got a nice boost early on with homers from J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis. Mitch Moreland hit the run-scoring single that ultimately tied the game in the eighth inning and sent it into overtime, where the Red Sox’s offense fell silent.

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The New York Yankees aren’t the only team nipping at the heels of the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East. After a rough start to the season, the defending champion Red Sox are only three wins out from tying the Rays’ 25-game win total.

One of the reasons for that turnaround has been their impressive +69 run differential, dating all the way back to April 19. That number is the best in the league with the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins trailing. It’s a good statistic considering it takes both offense and defensive play into account, meaning the Red Sox are arguably the most well-rounded team in baseball.

The concern isn’t so much the Rockies offense as it’s their defense. Nolan Arenado has been solid at the plate this season, and the team is averaging 5.17 runs per game. However, they also tend to get into way too many shootouts, which is mostly due to their lingering struggles on defense. A vulnerable defense is a bad problem to have on the road when facing an explosive lineup like Boston’s.

Not to mention Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez is coming in hot off a shutout win over the Seattle Mariners after clocking seven innings on the mound. He hasn’t pitched in a home loss all season, and he won’t start on Wednesday. I like the Red Sox to bounce back with a win.

Prediction: Boston Red Sox (-136)

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The under is 19-7-4 in Marquez’s last 30 road starts. German Marquez didn’t land a five-year, $43 million extension with the Rockies for nothing. He’s the new ace in the rotation, and while he won’t completely shut down the Red Sox’s offense, he will give them problems. I like the under betting total here.

Prediction: Under (8.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.