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Boston Looks To Continue Strong Road Play in Atlanta

Ronald Acuna's Braves are home favorites in the Boston vs Atlanta odds for June 16

The Boston Red Sox improved to 4-1 over their last five games against the Atlanta Braves with a 10-8 win over the Braves on Tuesday night. The Red Sox finish up their two-game road series against the Braves on Wednesday night at Truist Park.

Boston Red Sox vs Atlanta Braves
  • Date/Time: June 16, 7:20 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Truist Park
  • TV Coverage: ESPN
  • Opening Odds: Braves -150 | O/U 9 (Line History)
  • Red Sox vs Braves Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Braves opened as -150 home favorites in this matchup and have remained right around those odds as they are currently going off at -153. Boston is a +143 underdog and the total for Wednesday night’s matchup is set at 9 runs. The OVER is 5-0 in Boston’s last five road games against the Braves.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Garrett Richards gave up 11 hits and four earned runs in his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Despite his subpar performance, the Red Sox still came away with a 6-5 win and improved to 5-2 in Richards’ last seven trips to the mound. Richards is 4-4 this season with a 4.09 ERA and 1.59 WHIP.

Ian Anderson pitched seven shutout innings in his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday to bring his ERA down to 3.26 and his WHIP down to 1.18. Anderson needed this strong start to get back on track after he failed to last five innings and allowed four earned runs in each of his previous two starts.

Boston News & Notes

Alex Verdugo went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs and three RBIs and Rafael Devers went 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs in Boston’s 10-8 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Devers leads the team with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs and is on pace to surpass the career highs of 32 homers and 115 ribbies that he set in his last full season in 2019.

Boston ranks third in the majors in both total runs with 339 (4.99 per game) and team batting average (.255). The Red Sox enter Wednesday’s action two games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the top spot in the American League East with a record of 41-27. Tuesday’s win helped the Red Sox to improve to 9-4 over their last 13 games as well.

Atlanta News & Notes

The Braves overcame deficits of 5-0 and 7-4 to enter the eighth inning in a 7-7 tie on Tuesday night before allowing another three runs to the Red Sox to seal their fate. Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs in the loss to extend his current hitting streak to four straight games. Atlanta dropped to 1-5 over its last six games and to 30-34 on the season with the loss.

This team has not been able to get in sync all season long. The Braves scored only three runs per game over their previous five games before Tuesday to let a strong stretch of pitching in those games (allowing 3.6 runs per game) go to waste. Atlanta’s offense finally woke up with an eight-run performance and the pitching staff allowed 10 runs. This feels like a team in need of a shakeup.

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Betting Pick: Boston +143

The Braves have the better starting pitcher in this matchup and home-field advantage. But when you factor in Boston’s strong bats and Atlanta’s year-long inconsistency, there’s too much value on the Red Sox as +143 underdogs to pass up on here.

Shark Bites
  • Boston is 21-10 on the road this season.
  • Atlanta is 1-8 in its last 9 games vs AL opponents.
  • The OVER is 7-1 in Atlanta’s last 8 games vs Boston.