The Boston Red Sox will look to grab a share of first place in the American League East standings Tuesday night when they continue their three-game series against the San Diego Padres as -185 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston dropped a 2-1 decision Monday in San Diego, but it remains a solid 9-6 in its past 15 road games heading into Tuesday’s Red Sox vs. Padres betting matchup at Petco Park.
The Red Sox’s fortunes away from Fenway Park bode well as they enter the regular-season home stretch, with 15 of their final 25 games on the road.
The Red Sox opened the campaign as road warriors, winning nine of their first 13, but followed up with just 10 wins in their following 14 away dates. However, the Red Sox have returned to life since posting a mediocre 5-6 record during an 11-game West Coast swing that wrapped up in early August, claiming at least two wins in each of their past four road series.
The current set against the Padres marks Boston’s first visit to San Diego since June 2007. The clubs faced each other in three-game series at Fenway in 2011 and 2013, with the Red Sox posting wins in four of six, including a three-game sweep three years ago.
The Padres limp into the home stretch with just four victories in their past 12 games, but they have broken even with a 10-10 record in their past 20 home dates, including series wins over the Arizona Diamonbacks, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants.
Paul Clemens gets the nod for San Diego on Tuesday. The right-hander has looked good since returning to the rotation in late July, but he has earned only one win in his past six starts, and he lasted just three innings in his previous outing, an 8-1 loss to Atlanta.
Clemens will face Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz, who takes the mound in place of injured knuckleballer Steven Wright.
Buchholz has struggled this season, amassing a 5-10 record, and has surrendered an earned run in each of his past two single-inning relief appearances, including an Evan Longoria home run that proved to be the winner in Boston’s 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Aug. 30.
Following an off day Thursday, the Red Sox travel to Toronto for a crucial three-game weekend set against the Blue Jays. Boston enters Tuesday’s action one game back of Toronto and continues to trail the Blue Jays on the odds to win the AL East, with Toronto pegged as a -110 favorite and the Red Sox listed at +120.
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