MLB Picks: Cubs vs. Red Sox Game 3

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:21 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014 12:21 PM UTC

The Boston Red Sox pitching staff has carried the team when playing at Fenway Park in recent weeks, which will allow them to get back in the win column against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Quite a turnaround
Chicago has put together a respectable 18-13 record since May 31, which includes a 2-1 victory over Boston as +154 road underdogs Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four affairs.

The Cubs continue to get great offensive production out of shortstop Starlin Castro, who is batting .327 with four home runs and 21 RBIs in his last 27 games played.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 30-23 in July, with the UNDER going 34-18-1 in that situation.

Close calls
Boston has scored just a single run in dropping the first two games of this series, but the pitching staff continues to keep the franchise in ball games, considering it has allowed three or fewer runs in a franchise record 14 consecutive contests at this ballpark.

The Red Sox have taken part in a AL-leading 32 one-run games this season—posting a 14-18 record in that spot.

MLB handicappers will find that the team is 8-6 as home favorites of -150 to -175 during the 2014 campaign, with the UNDER going 10-4 in those 14 opportunities.

Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood (7-6, 4.52 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 5-3 setback at home to the Washington Nationals last time out, as he allowed three runs and seven hits over 6.2 innings of work.

The left-hander is 4-4 with a 6.07 ERA in eight road outings, with opposing hitters batting .298 against him.

Wood will be facing the Red Sox for the first time in his career.

Red Sox starting pitcher Brandon Workman (1-1, 3.27 ERA) has received just two runs of support in watching the club drop his last two efforts, including a 6-0 road defeat to the New York Yankees—surrendering four runs and seven hits over seven frames.

The right-hander has yet to earn a decision in four home appearances, while he’s allowed opponents to hit just .200 against him.

Workman has allowed three runs over 2.2 innings of relief in interleague action in his young career.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Sox as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve captured 14 of their last 17 interleague games versus left-handed starters.
Pick:  Boston Red Sox

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