- The New York Mets travel to Boston for a four-game series against the Red Sox starting Monday
- Teams last met in 2018, with Boston winning series 2-1. Red Sox have won five of last seven meetings
- Find the odds, advice and a pick for this intraleague game below
Like Reggie Jackson and the month of October, the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox will forever be linked together in baseball lore thanks to their epic meeting in the 1986 World Series.
But as interleague rivals, contests between the two have been relatively rare. The two lock horns once again in a four-game series in Boston, beginning Monday night (July 27) at 7:35 pm ET.
Boston Red Sox vs New York Mets Odds
|Team||Moneyline at FanDuel||Runline||Over/Under Run Total|
|New York Mets||-112||-1.5 (+128)||O 11 (-120)|
|Boston Red Sox||-102||_1.5 (-152)||U 11 (-102)|
Odds as of July 26.
With both teams making a 1-2 start to the season, this series gives both a good chance to get back over .500. The Mets will be urgently seeking a win, especially after Sunday evening’s 14-1 humbling at the hands of the Atlanta Braves.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 27, 2020
The Red Sox may be even more desperate, though, dropping two of three to the lowly Baltimore Orioles, including Sunday’s 7-4 setback.
With Josh Osich making his first career start for Boston, New York is an understandable -112 favorite in the Mets vs Red Sox odds.
Monday’s game will likely be a source of mixed emotions for Mets starter Michael Wacha.
The right-hander makes his first appearance at Fenway since the 2013 World Series, where he made two starts as his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals, lost in six games.
On this day in Red Sox World Series history:
October 24, 2013: In Game 2, rookie pitcher Michael Wacha dominated the Red Sox, despite allowing a key David Ortiz home run. Pitching and a Craig Breslow error late in the game allowed the Cardinals to tie the series at 1-1. pic.twitter.com/aPfKLrwEJZ
— Boston Globe Sports (@BGlobeSports) October 25, 2018
Wacha made both his starts at Fenway, winning Game 2 by going six innings in a 4-2 win to become the second-youngest pitcher in St. Louis history to win a World Series game. He also started Game 6, lasting just 3.2 innings after giving up all six earned runs in a 6-1 defeat in the deciding game.
The 29-year-old will be looking to take full advantage of the injuries to Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman by moving up in the starting rotation and making his first start of his first season with the Mets.
Things you love to see: Michael Wacha striking out Jose Altuve 😍 pic.twitter.com/GykhtwttGR
— SNY (@SNYtv) March 7, 2020
Wacha went 6-7 in 24 starts last year in St. Louis, where he put up an earned-run average of 4.76 with a career-worst WHIP of 1.563.
Today’s lineup for the Red Sox has limited experience against Wacha.
Red Sox Career Stats vs Michael Wacha
Given their 1-2 start to the season, maybe it was no surprise to see the Red Sox wait until Sunday evening to announce their starter for Monday’s game. When they finally did announce who will take the mound at Fenway, there was no starter to be found.
In his place will be Josh Osich, who makes his first career start after 218 appearances in relief.
Don’t sleep on the Red Sox bullpen, Josh Osich is looking good…
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) July 18, 2020
The left-hander will be Boston’s first opener this season, and will likely only go one or two innings before making way for the bullpen. Figuring chief amongst those relievers will likely be Zack Godley, a right-hander who had a 5.97 ERA in 33 appearances last year for both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays.
The #RedSox today selected RHP Zack Godley to the major league roster.
To make room for Godley, the club optioned RHP Dylan Covey to its Alternate Training Site following yesterday’s game against the Orioles.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 26, 2020
Osich has pitched one inning so far this season, striking out one batter and giving up one hit during Saturday’s 7-2 loss to Baltimore. In six years in the majors, the 31-year-old has a 4.86 ERA with a WHIP of 1.386.
Mets Career Stats vs Josh Osich
The Mets and Red Sox last locked horns in September of 2018 with Boston on its way to its most recent World Series title. But after the Mets won the first contest on the arm of Noah Syndergaard, the Beantowners took the next two.
On this date in 1986, the ball went through Bill Buckner's legs and the Curse of the Bambino lived on. pic.twitter.com/stYRftDkma
— ESPN (@espn) October 25, 2017
In the last 10 contests between the two sides, Boston holds a 6-4 edge, and in the all-time series (excluding their memorable meeting in the 1986 Fall Classic), the Red Sox own a 15-12 advantage. But most of those games are ancient history.
Pick: Mets (-112); U 11 (-102)
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