The Boston Red Sox have been known to bounce back after getting shut out in recent years, as they prepare to open up a three-game series against the Texas Rangers Monday night. Who are the MLB odds favoring in tonight's opener?
Let’s take a closer look at the pro baseball odds for this American League matchup at Fenway Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Back to even
Texas evened up its record after six games by picking up a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays as -106 road favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total of 7.
The Rangers are 29-14 against the Red Sox since 2009—the best winning percentage of any Boston opponent in that span.
In the early stages of the 2014 campaign, the club has a .267 team batting average, but it has just nine doubles and a triple to go with two home runs.
Troubles at home
Boston has dropped its first three home games of the season after getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers—a surprising event due to being 9-0-3 in its prior 12 Interleague Series.
The Red Sox are certainly capable of bouncing back the rest of the way, considering they put together a 53-28 record at this ballpark in 2013, which was the best mark of its kind in the AL.
MLB handicappers will find that the squad is 13-6 after getting shut out over the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 10-9 in that situation.
Rangers starting pitcher Tanner Scheppers (0-0, 15.75 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 14-10 home loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in his first outing, as he allowed seven runs and eight hits over four innings of work.
The right-hander was making his first-ever start as a professional, with his previous 115 appearances coming out of the bullpen.
In five career appearances versus the Red Sox, Scheppers has allowed just a single run and three hits over five frames.
Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (1-0, 3.00 ERA) came away with a 6-2 road victory over the Baltimore Orioles first time out, as he surrendered two runs and three hits over six innings.
The right-hander compiled a 6-3 record and 2.47 ERA in 13 home starts in 2013, with opposing hitters batting just .232 against him.
In 38 lifetime starts versus the Rangers, Lackey has put together a disappointing 12-15 record and 6.01 ERA.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Sox as one of their MLB picks, as the Rangers have dropped 10 of their last 12 series openers.