Elite Steve Mason Jersey The Boston Red Sox are 13-5 straight up and 11-7 on the runline in their last 18 games at home. The Red Sox will try to open the second half with a strong showing at home, hosting the New York Yankees in a four-game series starting Friday night.
Boston is a -132 home favorite at Fenway Park for Friday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Drew Pomeranz will start for the home team and is expected to face Michael Pineda as a +122 underdog.
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The Red Sox looked like they might start running away with the AL East when they had a 49-35 record through the first 84 games of the season. But a 1-4 slump before the All-Star break, including three losses to the Tampa Bay Rays, has Boston only 3.5 games ahead of the Rays and Yankees for the top spot in the division.
Boston ranks an uncharacteristic 26th in the league in home runs hit this season, but has still produced 4.84 runs per game. That has been enough for a stingy pitching staff that has led the team to an ERA of 3.82, fourth best in the MLB and second best in the AL.
Houston has three starters, with outfielder George Springer joining middle infielders Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve. That trio is joined by pitchers Lance McCullers and Chris Devenski, plus pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who is on the disabled list and won’t pitch.
The Dodgers have three first-time All-Stars in rookie slugger Cody Bellinger, starting pitcher Alex Wood, and third baseman Justin Turner, with Turner beating out four others in the Final Vote on Thursday. Second-year shortstop Corey Seager is in his second All-Star Game, joined by closer Kenley Jansen, plus perennial All-Star Clayton Kershaw, who started for the Dodgers on Sunday and won’t pitch Tuesday.