Boston has eclipsed the century mark in victories as they head into their series against the New York Mets beginning Friday night. The Red Sox have won three in a row heading into the finale against Toronto. The Mets will have to play a doubleheader before this contest.
Syndergaard expects to make start after dealing with a ribs injury
New York’s been really putting on the offense lately, with two of their last five games having them score beyond the double-digit mark. That’s far better than what the experts have predicted for what mostly has been a poor offense this season — they average 4.3 runs per game (21st overall) and have just a .237 team batting average (28th overall). Friday’s starting pitcher had to leave early with a rib injury, but is expected to appear in this one.
Probable starter: Right-hander Noah Syndergaard (11-3, 3.44 ERA)
Syndergaard has grabbed a couple of victories despite not being as dominant on the mound. Last time out against Philadelphia, he gave up 4 earned runs and 12 hits through 6.2 innings. He even had a negative pitching ratio (4 Ks, 5 BBs) — a rarity, but still took home the win.
Red Sox offense has inconsistent results against Astros, Blue jays
Boston’s offense slumped a bit against Houston after throttling Atlanta on the road in a three-game sweep. Still, they were able to piece together 12 total runs against the Astros after salvaging the final game of that series and have had split results against Toronto so far. After a 7-2 victory to open up the series, they held on to a 1-0 pitcher’s duel on Wednesday. Mookie Betts (.340 avg) has made contact a lot in this homestand (8 hits), but has no RBIs.
Probable starter: Right-hander Hector Velazquez (7-2, 3.29 ERA)
The normal reliever will be making his eighth start of the season — and fifth in his last nine appearances. His last start came against Atlanta back on September 5th. He gave up two earned runs on five hits through four innings. His outing, like the others, should be similar.
- 47-13 in their last 60 interleague games
- 46-15 in their last 61 against NL East teams
- 8-20 in their last interleague games
- 1-4 in Syndergaard’s last 5 road starts against teams with a winning record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
It’s rare for Syndergaard to cough up back-to-back tough outings, and we could see that happen with how potent Boston’s offense can be. Even though the Mets starters have been good lately, the bullpen has ballooned to a 4.70 ERA over their last five games.
Prediction: Boston -145
Full-Game Total Pick
There could be a good number of runs scored in this game with how much better New York has been hitting recently. after all, the offense became so poor their run total was set low through most of their recent homestand. Now that it’s a bit inflated here, go against it and take the under.
Prediction: Under 9