MLB Picks: Red Sox vs. Giants to go UNDER

Jeff Grant

Monday, August 19, 2013 11:43 AM GMT

The Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants are both traveling back from the East Coast to open up their three-game series Monday, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at AT&T Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Check out our Monday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Mediocre since the break

Boston’s lead in the American League East division is just a single game over the Tampa Bay Rays entering today, as it suffered a 9-6 defeat to the New York Yankees as -122 home favorites on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

The Red Sox are 15-14 since the All-Star break, while they’ve dropped 10 of 19 games when playing on the road with a money line of -100 to -125.

Put away the brooms

San Francisco was unable to secure its first series sweep since May 3-5 on Sunday, as it dropped a 6-5 decision to the Miami Marlins as -157 road favorites, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

The Giants are 12-20 as home underdogs of +100 to +125 since 2011, including a 2-4 mark during this season.

Lester

Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (10-7, 4.31 ERA) has watched the club drop his last three efforts, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 4-3 road loss to the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, as he allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in 6.1 innings of work. 

The left-hander is 6-7 with a 4.72 ERA in 16 road outings, with opposing hitters batting .264 against him. 

Lester has compiled a 11-5 record and 3.32 ERA in 23 career starts versus National League opponents. 

Lincecum

Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (6-12, 4.38 ERA) was handed a 6-5 road loss by the Washington Nationals last time out, as he allowed six runs and seven hits over six frames. 

The right-hander is 4-5 with a 4.29 ERA in 12 home outings, with opposing hitters batting .209 against him. 

Lincecum enters with a 8-8 record and 3.92 ERA in 21 career interleague starts.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers look at the total with their MLB picks, as the UNDER is 14-5-1 in the Giants’ last 20 games as home underdogs of +110 to +150.

MLB Pick: Under 7