Two East Coast MLB powers come to blows when the Boston Red Sox travel to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to play the Phillies for a three-games of inter-league play beginning with tonight's (7:10 pm ET) opener. The Red Sox have been in a see-saw battle for first with the New York Yankees for most of the 2011 MLB season while the Phillies have held first place in the National League East for practically the entire season.
Tonight's opener will feature two of the best starting pitchers in baseball, former Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87) for the Phillies and veteran right-hander Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.86) for the Red Sox. Oddsmakers have installed the Phillies as slight -133 MLB Odds favorites in this game with a posted combined scoring total (over/under) of 7-runs.
Lee has been red hot the month of June and is gunning for his fifth straight win against the Sox. The Phillies left-hander was dominant his last time out at St. Louis throwing a complete game shut-out of the Red Birds. In the game he only surrendered six base hits and walked one while striking out three. Beckett missed his last start due to illness and has not taken the mound in almost two weeks. Reports are in that he's good to go tonight. Beckett, the Major League-leader in ERA has allowed just two earned runs in two career starts against the Pirates.
The Phillies were 3-1 winners over visiting Oakland on Sunday. Phillies backers cashed as -240 moneyline favorites while the four runs to cross the plate took the game total UNDER the seven runs posted. The Red Sox came away 4-2 winners on the road against the Pirates at Pittsburgh. Boston backers won as -150 odds favorites while six runs that scored also fell UNDER the posted total.
Oddsmakers at most offshore sports shops list the Phillies as -155 MLB Odds favorites to win this best of three games series with a series combined score total (over/under) of 25 1/2.