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MLB betting line favors Red Sox over Brewers

Milwaukee BrewersBoston Red Sox
June 17, 7:10 PM | GrassFenway Park

Milwaukee Brewers vs Boston Red Sox Odds

39-31TEAM RECORD41-27

The Milwaukee Brewers will look to grab an inter-league road victory when they take on the Red Sox in Boston at Fenway Park on Friday in baseball action.

For the Red Sox, John Lackey gets the ball, charged with keeping the Brewers hitters off the base paths. He'll face Shaun Marcum, 7-2 on the year.

View Milwaukee vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Boston sat as -115 favorites. The total was set at 9.5.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 2-ranked Red Sox and the National League No. 3-rated Brewers in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Boston's American League No. 2-ranked scoring average of 5.2 runs per game, against a Brewers offense rated No. 5 and scoring 4.4 runs per game in the league. The Red Sox have averaged 9.6 hits per game to date this season, more than the Brewers hitters have managed (8.6 per nine innings).

Defensively, Milwaukee features the National League's No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the American League at home, scoring 5.2 runs per game.

In their last action, Milwaukee was a 12-7 loser on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Chicago at +118 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (19) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Brewers starter, Zack Greinke, was terrific in striking out 10 Chicago batters last time out, but Milwaukee still lost 12-7 on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

Boston won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Rays on June 16. Bettors who backed the Red Sox at +113 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Red Sox grabbed a win last time out, defeating David Price and the Rays 4-2 on Thursday at Tropicana Field.

Milwaukee Brewers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 2-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After a loss are 9-1

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-3
After playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After a win are 9-1

A few Brewers at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing Boston
Milwaukee is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games at home
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
Boston is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Milwaukee

Next up:
Milwaukee at Boston, Saturday, June 18