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2018 MLB Lines - Boston Red Sox Betting Predictions

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Believe it or not, the Boston Red Sox won back-to-back AL East titles for the first time ever in 2017. They’ll try and make it three in a row, but the Yankees serve as a major obstacle in their way.

After two straight 93-win seasons and two straight loses in the ALDS, the Sox need to take a step forward, but can they do that? Provided the J.D. Martinez deal gets finalized, the team should have more power in 2018, perhaps the team’s biggest weakness. And, after an inconsistent 2017, the starting pitching should be more reliable in the coming season, even if the names remain the same.

Overall, this team is still young and still talented. There is untapped potential and some truly remarkable stars even though there may be a bit more star power in New York this year. This is the one team in the AL East equipped to stop the Evil Empire which could bring us back to the glory days of the Yankee-Redd Sox rivalry.

Boston Red Sox MLB Betting

2017 Record: 93-69

2017 Moneyline Record: +4.13 Units

2017 Over/Under Total Record: 71-85-6

Current World Series Odds: +977

Current Odds To Win AL: +485

Current Odds To Win AL East: +140

Regular Season Win Total: 91.5

2018 Boston Red Sox Season Outlook

It’s no secret that the Red Sox’s line up missed David Ortiz in his first season away from the game.

While Boston still managed to put together a 93-win season, the power disappeared for the Sox in a season where home runs were flying out of the park everywhere else in baseball. The lack of power put added pressure on the pitching staff and the rest of the team as the Sox needed to string together hits and build rallies to consistently score runs.

The reported offseason acquisition of J.D. Martinez helps the Sox’s pursuit of the third straight AL East title greatly. Provided the deal doesn’t fall apart, Martinez adds plenty of pop to Boston’s order. He slammed 45 home runs between Detroit and Arizona in 2017 and produced a combined .303/.376/.690 slash line.

The Red Sox were tenth in baseball last year in runs scored, but dead last in the AL in homers. Martinez’s bat adds 40 bombs to the order in addition to whatever internal improvements are possible from the likes of Mookie Betts Rafael Devers, Andrew Beneintendi and others. Those extra bombs would put Boston easily back to the middle-of-the-pack in longballs.

With an anchor like Martinez in the middle, the rest of the order fills in nicely around him. Another key acquisition is Eduardo Nunez. The Sox added him at the deadline and brought him back this seasons as an important utility player, keeping players fresh and helping to fill in around the diamond without any lost offense. Nunez will start the year at second with Dustin Pedroia out and serves as great insurance in case of other injuries.

Meanwhile, Mitch Moreland is a good insurance policy now, too. He figures to platoon at first with Hanley Ramirez and between those two and Martinez, they can spell players across the outfield and move the DH role around a bit, too.

While the offense provides a great deal of flexibility and more power, the pitching is also full of plenty of hope. The names are the same as 2017, but the production will—hopefully—improve.

Chris Sale was a huge success in 2017, coming in second in AL Cy Young Award voting after a 17-8 season and 2.90 ERA. Two bad starts against the Indians are likely what prevented Sale from taking home the award.

Behind Sale, Drew Pomeranz had a nice break out season with 17 wins and a 3.32 ERA. He’ll look to repeat while the Sox hope to get more from Rick Porcello and David Price. Price’s injuries lingered in 2017. He pitched to a 3.38 ERA when on the mound and looked good in the postseason so, provided he’s healthy, he’s a dependable arm. Porcello, on the other hand, was healthy, but took a major step backwards after a Cy Young performance in 2016. He and Steven Wright are the lone right-handers so he’ll need to pitch well to help break up the southpaws.

In the bullpen, Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg could be real difference makers. The middle relief leading to Craig Kimbrel in the ninth was problematic at times in Boston last year. Kimbrel was lights out, notching 35 saves and a 1.43 ERA while allowing just 33 hits and 14 walks in 69 innings. He struck out 126. That’s nearly two batters an inning.

If Smith and Thornburg are on, this bullpen just got a lot deeper.

In the end, the Sox are deeper than they were last year and are a strong team. They, however, have a few more question marks than the Yankees and thus figure to finish behind them in the division. That said, there are ways that Boston could topple New York and the Sox are clearly the division’s best hope to beat the Yankees.

Major League Baseball Teams

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST TEAM CITY STADIUM
Baltimore Orioles Baltimore, Maryland Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Boston Red Sox Boston, Massachusetts Fenway Park
New York Yankees New York City, New York Yankee Stadium
Tampa Bay Rays St. Petersburg, Florida Tropicana Field
Toronto Blue Jays Toronto, Ontario Rogers Centre
CENTRAL Chicago White Sox Chicago, Illinois Guaranteed Rate Field
Cleveland Indians Cleveland, Ohio Progressive Field
Detroit Tigers Detroit, Michigan Comerica Park
Kansas City Royals Kansas City, Missouri Kauffman Stadium
Minnesota Twins Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Field
WEST Houston Astros Houston, Texas Minute Maid Park
Los Angeles Angels Anaheim, California Angel Stadium
Oakland Athletics Oakland, California Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Seattle Mariners Seattle, Washington Safeco Field
Texas Rangers Arlington, Texas Globe Life Park in Arlington
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST Atlanta Braves Atlanta, Georgia SunTrust Park
Miami Marlins Miami, Florida Marlins Park
New York Mets New York City, New York Citi Field
Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Citizens Bank Park
Washington Nationals Washington, D.C. Nationals Park
CENTRAL Chicago Cubs Chicago, Illinois Wrigley Field
Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati, Ohio Great American Ball Park
Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee, Wisconsin Miller Park
Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PNC Park
St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis, Missouri Busch Stadium
WEST Arizona Diamondbacks Phoenix, Arizona Chase Field
Colorado Rockies Denver, Colorado Coors Field
Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles, California Dodger Stadium
San Diego Padres San Diego, California Petco Park
San Francisco Giants San Francisco, California AT&T Park

Boston Red Sox Upcoming Schedule

March 29-April 1: at Tampa Bay Rays

April 2-3: at Miami Marlins

April 5-8: vs Tampa Bay Rays

April 10-12: vs New York Yankees

April 13-16: vs Baltimore Orioles

April 17-19: at Los Angeles Angels

April 20-22: at Oakland Athletics

April 24-26: at Toronto Blue Jays

April 27-29: vs Tampa Bay Rays

April 30-May 2: vs Kansas City Royals

Once Spring Training is over, the Boston Red Sox will stay in Florida for another week, taking on the Rays and Marlins in back-to-back series before getting to enjoy a three-series homestand at Fenway Park. The middle series of the homestand will come against the Yankees. This is the biggest test in the season’s first month for the Sox. They’ll try to take the series and start off strong against the only team expected to finish ahead of them in the AL East.

Aside for the series against New York, the rest of the season’s opening month is quite favorable for the Red Sox, giving them a chance to get off to a strong start. They play the rebuilding Tampa Bay Rays on three separate occasions before the calendar flips to May and they get out of division series against the Marlins, Oakland A’s and Kansas City Royals to boot.

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