The Boston Red Sox have posted a 14-23 mark since the All-Star break and will look to get back on track Wednesday on the road vs. the Minnesota Twins with Michael Wacha, who has gotten the team to victory in five of his last six starts.
Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins (-135, 8)
Wacha is 9-1 with a 2.53 ERA this season, having allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last seven starts. But, his 3.83 FIP points towards regression.
His seven strikeouts per nine innings average is a career-low. He also has a 3.30 ERA on the road compared to a 1.79 ERA at home, and his opponents’ average is .048 points higher on the road.
The Twins counter with Joe Ryan, who has some large home and road splits, as well. He has posted a 2.69 ERA at home with 0.9 home runs per nine innings compared to a 5.05 ERA with two home runs per nine innings on the road.
The Red Sox bullpen is last in the league in ERA (6.31) since the All-Star break. No other team has an ERA worse than 5.45. Boston has also failed to get more than five innings from any of their last three starters, which can lead to bullpen fatigue.
This matchup will feature a pair of hot offenses, with the Twins having generated at least four runs in four of their last five games and the Red Sox have gotten to at least four runs in five of their last six games. Expect both to keep hitting well on Wednesday.
The Play: Red Sox vs. Twins Over 8
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