MLB Picks: Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Joe Freda

Sunday, August 25, 2013 2:01 PM UTC

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 2:01 PM UTC

Sunday’s MLB betting features the series finale, with Dodgers lefty Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.70 ERA) meeting Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy (9-5, 4.25 ERA). Let's look at the odds.

The Boston Red Sox evened up their weekend set with the Los Angeles Dodgers, cashing as 111 road dogs with Saturday’s 4-2 victory. 

Red Sox, Gomes top Dodgers

Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes drilled an early three-run homer in Saturday’s triumph, giving his club a 4-0 lead. Boston’s Koji Uehara anchored a trio of relievers, notching his 13th save with 1 1/3 frames of hitless ball.

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez avoided a shutout for his club, driving in mates Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford with an eighth-inning double. The duel’s combined six runs dipped below the ‘total’ of seven, moving the UNDER to 2-0 for the series.

Capuano cashes in Miami

Capuano lasted five frames for a no-decision in Tuesday’s 6-4 victory for Los Angeles over the Miami Marlins. The 35-year-old gave up three runs on six hits, collecting as a 130 MLB odds favorite on the road.

Dodgers relievers Chris Withrow and Kenley Jansen picked up their staff’s win and save, respectively, allowing two hits over a combined 2 1/3 frames. Los Angeles finished with 16 hits, including 2-for-4 nights from Mark Ellis and Andre Ethier.

Peavy outgunned as ‘chalk’

Peavy also notched a no-decision on the same card, with Boston losing to the San Francisco Giants, 3-2. The Alabama native allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings, failing to cash as a 157 road favorite.

Boston’s relief duo of Junichi Tazawa and Franklin Morales were responsible for San Francisco’s tying and winning runs, picking up a blown save and loss. Red Sox slugger Shane Victorino drilled his eighth homer, while he and his mates were edged out in hits, 8-7.

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Back the UNDER in L.A.

Peavy opened as a 115 road favorite at William Hill, with sports betting odds makers seeing this as a close contest. The ‘total’ was first set at 7 ½, with a minus 115 lean added to the OVER.

I am adding the UNDER to Sunday’s card of sports picks, looking for a tightly-played rubber finale.

Peavy has been stingy against National League lineups this year, holding foes to five earned runs over his last three interleague outings (18 2/3 IP). The four-time All-Star’s four starts since joining the Red Rox have seen the UNDER cash at 3-1, while allowing no homers over his last pair.

Capuano has been inconsistent, but the Dodgers will not hesitate to leverage middle relief early. Los Angeles has seen the UNDER cash at 10-2-2 in its last 14 home dates facing a listed righty, with foes held to 2 RPG in the span’s seven most recent affairs.

The UNDER is 5-0 in Boston’s last five interleague matchups facing southpaw starters, while the wager has collected at 14-6 in the team’s last 20 road spots in National League parks. Look for another UNDER ticket to get the money here, adding to a 9-2-1 mark for the wager in Los Angeles’ last 12 home contests against clubs with winning records.

MBL Pick: UNDER 7 ½ at William Hill 

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