The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins will meet for game one of the series on Thursday from Fenway. All odds and trends for all games can be found at Top Bet sportsbook.
The Red Sox have had a tough season and there’s really no way for them to make it to the postseason this year. They are 8.5 games and back in the division and are looking to build towards next season. Part of the reason for their struggles has been the performance of their two top pitchers and one of them is Jon Lester who will take the hill tonight. Lester is pitching to a 5.49 ERA in 126 innings of work this season.
The Twins have not had that great of a season so far, but they are definitely building properly towards the future. They sit 13 games back in a division and are led once again by the strong back of Joe Mauer was hitting .321 this season. On Thursday they will start Samuel Deduno who is undefeated in just four starts so far this season.
Boston is 4-1 in their last five games overall, 0-5 in their last five games against a team with a losing record, and 1-6 in Lester’s last seven home starts. Minnesota is 2-6 in their last eight games as an underdog, 1-4 in their last five road games, and 17-47 in their last 64 games against the American League East. Minnesota is 5-16 in their last 21 games in Boston.
Although Deduno has looked good thus far he has not faced a team with the bats to the level the Red Sox possess. Combine that with how much Lester has struggled and give us the over for total runs scored in this game but first pick up sportsbook promotion codes.