As many of you know – I’m an incredibly hot and cold baseball fan. When the Red Sox are playing well: I’m in, and when they’re not: see you later.
I’m a total fair weather fan – but at least I’m honest about it.
So why am I writing about the Sox you ask? Well, they’re 8-1 in their last nine games, they’re finally over a .500 win percentage, and are currently a playoff team in the standings.
According to BetOnline.ag – the Sox have about a 50% chance to finish the season with a playoff berth. Here are the odds:
Odds to Make the Playoffs – Boston Red Sox
Listen to the latest episode of Red Sox Beat podcast HERE, where Mike Petraglia and Alex Barth breakdown the Red Sox recent turnaround and discuss potential trades and contracts for Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers.
Despite just a 31-28 record, Boston is first in the American League in hits (525), batting average (.257), and RBI’s (269) – and have several statistical leaders in each category:
Rafael Devers (81) – 1st in AL
Xander Bogaerts (68) – 3rd in AL
J.D. Martinez (67) – 4th in AL
J.D. Martinez (.349) – 2nd in AL
Rafael Devers (.335) – 3rd in AL
Runs Batted In
Trevor Story (41) – 3rd in AL
Their pitching hasn’t been as bad you’d think either – they’re top five in ERA (3.63) and strikeouts (514).
The Sox began the season 11-19 through their first 30 games, and have just recently started to pull themselves together. Despite the slow start, they are on pace for the same amount of wins they were expected to bet to start the season. Here is their current win total, per BetOnline:
Red Sox Win Total
OVER 84.5 -130
UNDER 84.5 EVEN
Their start was awful – to say the least, and could potentially mess with their playoff seeding. But getting a slump out of the way could actually bode well for the Sox down the stretch. The quicker you get the kinks out the better, and that’s what Boston did.
I’ll give a pick – which is really just a double down on a bet I placed before the season. I think the Red Sox will continue piecing the puzzle together, make the playoffs, and go OVER 84.5 wins (-130) for the season.
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