Lack Of Confidence On Giants' Starting Pitcher Makes Red Sox RL Our MLB Pick

Willie Bee

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:40 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2016 1:40 PM UTC

Drew Pomeranz makes his much-anticipated Red Sox debut as a pronounced favorite on the MLB odds when Boston closes out a short set against the San Francisco Giants.

San Francisco Giants vs Boston Red Sox   
According to the 2016 MLB schedule, Wednesday night is the last time the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox will face each other. Still, we can't help but wonder...

Obviously, to collide again in 2016 would mean the World Series, and right now that's not too far-fetched of an idea. Just in case it is the last game between the two old franchises, ESPN will be on hand at Fenway Park to document the affair beginning at 7 PM (ET). The potential final meeting is a tale of two firsts on the mound, Matt Cain making his first start for the Giants since a DL stint and Drew Pomeranz making his Red Sox debut after being traded from San Diego during the all-star break.

Boston is drawing rather substantial chalk on the MLB odds board, the Red Sox carrying a moneyline in the upper -180s after opening -170. The total has risen from 10 to 10½ at BetOnline.

The Sox took Tuesday's series opener by a 4-0 count, all four runs coming plateward via the long ball while Rick Porcello and four relievers kept Giants bats quiet. It's just the second time the Giants have played at Fenway since the clubs met in the 1912 World Series, the other during the '07 season, Boston sweeping three from San Fran with two wins in runaway fashion while taking the other in a pitchers duel.


Giants Seeing Pomeranz For 4th Time
Cain has been out since mid-June with his second hamstring injury of the season. The injuries came just as he was seemingly turning things turned around after a rough start to 2016, and his only rehab start was a disaster with the righthander allowing nine runs in just four innings.

The 12-year veteran was the tough-luck loser in that pitchers duel nine years ago, working seven innings with the only damage in a 1-0 setback being a Manny Ramirez homer. That's the only time Cain has faced the Red Sox, though he does have ample experience against a couple of their hitters, Hanley Ramirez (.277, 2 HR) and Aaron Hill (.281, HR).

Outside of Steven Wright and Rick Porcello, starting pitching has been Boston's weakest link. Even David Price has been inconsistent, so the Red Sox went out and got another arm for the rotation in Pomeranz. The fifth overall pick of 2010 by Cleveland, Boston's the fifth franchise Pomeranz has been with, and he finally showed signs the last three seasons with the A's and Padres of living up to his initial hype.

Though it's his Rod Sox debut, the former Ole Miss standout has been on this mound before while with Oakland, and he has experience against the Giants during his tenure with both the Rockies and Padres. All of his Fenway work came as a reliever, and though San Diego lost all three of his outings vs. San Francisco earlier this year, Pomeranz pitched well enough to win two of them.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
Called up to fill in for the injured Paul Emmel, Stu Scheurwater is calling balls and strikes at the major league level for the first time in 2016. He's been a part-timer in the bigs the past two seasons, tonight just his 10th plate assignment and first at Fenway. Home teams have won six of his previous nine games behind the mask, totals running 4-4-1 O/U/P.

Clear skies and temps in the mid-to-upper 70s are what the weatherman is forecasting for this evening in Boston. A light zephyr from the WNW (LF corner to RF corner) is also in the mix.

The double-digit total doesn't speak well of either starting pitcher, but it's my complete lack of confidence in Cain that has me making a free MLB pick on the Red Sox with the run line.


Free MLB Pick: Red Sox -1½ (+100) 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage
Season: 37-29 (+9.35)

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