After enduring yet another difficult road trip, the Boston Red Sox return home Friday to kick off a 10-day homestand as -125 moneyline favorites in the first of three games against the Seattle Mariners.
The Red Sox enjoyed a rare two days off this week on either side of a short two-game visit to Miami, where they dropped a pair of decisions to the Marlins while pegged as solid betting favorites.
The losses left Boston with a 3-5 record on its recent road swing, including series against the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers, dropping the Red Sox to a dismal 3-12 in their last 15 road contests.
Despite its continued struggle to produce wins, Boston’s offense has come alive of late, producing a combined 31 runs in its past five games ahead of Friday night’s Mariners vs. Red Sox betting matchup at Fenway Park. However, the club also surrendered 30 runs during that stretch, including a 14-6 pounding by the Marlins on Wednesday.
The Mariners kick off a six-game road trip riding a solid stretch of eight wins in their last 12 games, and they took two of three from Baltimore this week, handing the Orioles two losses that dented their playoff hopes.
Overall, it has been a disappointing season for Seattle, which opened the campaign among the favorites with strong 12-1 World Series odds. With its current 54-61 record, the team is well out of playoff contention and has fallen to 100-1 on those MLB futures.
But the Mariners have dominated Boston in recent meetings, going 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Red Sox, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, including a three-game sweep at Fenway Park last season in which all three games played OVER the total.
Following their weekend set with Seattle, the Red Sox continue their current homestand with series against the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals have sat atop the World Series odds for much of the season but enter the weekend looking up at the Toronto Blue Jays, whose current 11-game winning streak has lifted them to 4-1 favorites at the sportsbooks.
Kansas City remains close on Toronto’s heels at 5-1, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who each sport 8-1 odds, and the New York Mets, who have risen to 17-2 on the World Series betting lines.
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