- The Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Boston as betting underdogs in a rematch of last year’s World Series
- The Washington Nationals aim to maintain their recent torrid pace as they visit the slumping Philadelphia Phillies in a clash of NL East contenders
- The Cleveland Indians try to chip away at Minnesota’s dwindling lead atop the AL Central standings
The MLB schedule resumes on Friday following this week’s All-Star break with several key matchups. The Dodgers visit Fenway Park for a World Series rematch with the Red Sox, while the Nationals visit Philadelphia, and the Twins travel to Cleveland for a pair of divisional clashes with playoff implications
We have odds for each of these new series as well as every other series kicking off on Friday.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Boston Red Sox Series Price
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+130|
|Boston Red Sox Series||-150|
All odds taken 07/12/19.
Dodgers Take Losing Streak into Weekend Series with Surging Red Sox
The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to put the brakes on a three-game slide as they kick off the second half of the season with a three-game Interleague series in Boston pegged as +130 underdogs. The Dodgers return to action sporting an MLB-leading 60-32 record, and remain perched as +300 favorites on the World Series odds.
— Ron Bohning (@RonBohning) July 10, 2019
Los Angeles struggled just prior to the MLB All-Star break, dropping three of four to the San Diego Padres in their first home series loss since mid-April to fall to 6-7 in their past 13 contests. Winless in their past three road series, the Dodgers also own a dismal record in past dates at Fenway Park, going 1-7 in eight all-time visits, including a pair of road defeats in last year’s World Series loss to the Red Sox.
However, the Dodgers should benefit from the return of a trio of veterans from injury. Infielders Corey Seager and David Freese, and outfielder AJ Pollock have all been activated, and are expected to be available for Friday night’s contest.
Dodgers vs Red Sox Probable Starting Pitchers
|Kenta Maeda||July 125||Eduardo Rodriguez|
|Ross Stripling||July 13||Chris Sale|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu||July 14||David Price|
Winners in five of six contests on a road trip just prior to the break, the Red Sox return home on Friday as -150 favorites on the MLB series prices. Boston beat up on also-rans Detroit and Toronto during its recent road trip, averaging 7.67 runs per game, but has produced meager results in recent action at Fenway Park, going 9-15 while winning just one of their past eight home series.
David Price’s 1st half of 2019:
7-2*, 3.24 ERA
83.1 IP, 74 H, 30 ER, 21 BB, 95 K. pic.twitter.com/FKzvRMWfmZ
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) July 7, 2019
With the first two games of the series expected to feature starting pitchers enduring recent struggles, the series could be settled by Sunday’s stellar matchup between Hyun-Jin Ryu and David Price. Ryu leads the majors with a sparkling 1.73 ERA. Price has been consistently dominant, surrendering two or fewer earned runs in nine of his past 10 starts, and tallied a pair of wins over the Dodgers in last year’s World Series.
Pick: Dodgers (+130)
Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Series Price
Nationals Aim to Maintain Red-Hot Pace Against Slumping Phillies
The hottest team in baseball entering the All-Star break, the Washington Nationals return to action on Friday looking to build on their current 15-4 run as they visit the slumping Philadelphia Phillies as heavy -145 favorites. The Nationals have dominated of late, holding opponents to two or fewer runs in seven of their past nine outings.
19-31 on May 23rd and only 1.5 games out of last place, the Washington Nationals are now in 2nd place.
They’re 26-10 since.
— MattT (@MattThompson87) July 5, 2019
Washington’s recent success has come against teams well out of playoff contention, including Miami, Kansas City, and Detroit. However, the Nationals have also enjoyed success against the Phillies this season, going 7-4 in 11 meetings, including a three-game sweep in Washington in mid-June.
Nationals vs Phillies Probable Starting Pitchers
|Stephen Strasburg||July 125||Nick Pivetta|
|Patrick Corbin||July 13||Aaron Nola|
|Max Scherzer||July 14||TBD|
Listed as a +125 wager on the MLB series prices, the Phillies closed out the first half by going 4-5 on a nine-game road trip, extending a run of inconsistency that has seen them go 15-20 since May 30th to fall to third place in the NL East standings. That inconsistency extends to recent play on home turf, where they recently ended a dismal 1-6 run with a four-game sweep of the New York Mets.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 7, 2019
Complicating matters for Philadelphia this weekend are the Nationals’ expected starters. Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, and Max Scherzer have compiled a combined 16-2 record since the beginning of June, and could make it a very long weekend for the Phillies.
Pick: Nationals (-145)
Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians Series Price
Indians Look to Close Gap on AL Central-Leading Twins
The Cleveland Indians will try to continue chipping away at Minnesota’s lead atop the AL Central standings when they host the Twins in a three-game weekend series as -140 favorites on the MLB series prices. Following a shaky start to the season, marked by a dismal 12-17 record in May, the Indians have turned things around since mid-June, going 16-5 over their past 21 to cut the Twins’ divisional lead to 5.5 games.
Going into the All-Star break on a 6-game win streak!
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 7, 2019
The Indians closed out the first half on a five-game win streak, and have compiled a 10-4 record at Progressive Field since the beginning of June, while going undefeated in five straight home series, including taking two of three from Minnesota in their third straight home series win over the Twins.
Twins vs Indians Probable Starting Pitchers
|Kyle Gibson||July 125||Mike Clevinger|
|Jake Odorizzi||July 13||Trevor Bauer|
|Jose Berrios||July 14||Shane Bieber|
The Twins travel to Cleveland as +120 underdogs on the MLB series prices after closing out the first half on an uneven 9-11 run. Minnesota has been one of the surprise stories of the season, powering into playoff contention of the best offense in MLB. The Twins lead the majors with 166 home runs and 509 runs scored, but have struggled on the road of late, going 4-6 in their past 10 while scoring four or fewer runs on six occasions.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 6, 2019
Pick: Indians (-140)
Additional MLB Series Odds
|Toronto Blue Jays||+430|
|New York Yankees||-525|
|Tampa Bay Rays||-290|
|New York Mets||-170|
|San Francisco Giants||+180|
|St. Louis Cardinals||-145|
|Kansas City Royals||-140|
|Los Angeles Angels||-250|
|Chicago White Sox||+255|
|San Diego Padres||-120|
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