Boston Red Sox vs Philadelphia Phillies Picks and Predictions June 11th 2024

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After European Vacation, Phillies Set to Face Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox face a tall task as they look to bounce back from a disappointing trip to Chicago, facing the National League-leading Philadelphia Phillies at home for the first time since 2021 in a three-game series beginning Tuesday.

The Boston Red Sox, currently holding a .500 record, are set to face the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series at home, marking the Phillies’ first visit since 2021. This clash follows Boston’s recent split series against the lowly White Sox in Chicago and Philadelphia’s European stint in the MLB London Series.

Red Sox’s Recent Performance

Boston enters the series with mixed results, having split a four-game set against the White Sox. Manager Alex Cora understands the significance of the upcoming games, not just against the Phillies but also the AL East rival New York Yankees that follow.

“The Phillies are really good. They’re playing with this chip on their shoulder,” Cora commented, reflecting on Philadelphia’s motivation after their playoff exit last year against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Boston’s weekend in Chicago ended positively with a 6-4 victory in extra innings. David Hamilton hit his first home run since May 17, while Jamie Westbrook delivered his first career game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly. Westbrook’s milestone came just one week after being recalled from Triple-A Worcester, highlighting his perseverance after 1,159 minor league games. He also notched his first career homer during the series.

“I waited all that time, and that excitement and weight off my shoulders, it’s just pretty cool, man. It really is,” Westbrook said. “I think I waited so long to get here, so all the firsts, let’s just get it out of the way quick and settle in.”

Phillies’ Recent Performance

The Phillies return from a successful European venture, having split their two-game series against the New York Mets in London. Despite a narrow 6-5 loss on Sunday, where Nick Castellanos grounded into a game-ending double play, the trip was largely positive. The Phillies have won seven of their last nine games, building strong momentum.

“It was a great experience, being able to come over to Europe and play two baseball games,” Castellanos said. “Ideally, you want to win them both. We came away with a split. Now it’s go back and get ready for the Red Sox.”

David Dahl, recently recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning on Sunday before the Mets scored twice in the ninth. It was Dahl’s second home run in three games, showcasing his immediate impact.

“Stuff can happen quickly,” Dahl reflected. “If you would’ve asked me a week ago if I’d be here, I would have probably laughed at you.”

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Upcoming Matchup Details

Boston’s Kutter Crawford (2-5, 3.51 ERA) is set to make his first career start against the Phillies. Crawford, seeking his first win since May 1, has shown durability with six innings in back-to-back starts, including a recent outing against the Atlanta Braves where he allowed six runs (four earned).

Philadelphia’s ace, Zack Wheeler (7-3, 2.23 ERA), will take the mound on Tuesday. Wheeler has been in stellar form, going 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA over his last nine outings after an 0-3 start. His recent performance includes a dominant showing against the Milwaukee Brewers, where he allowed just one run over seven innings.

Managerial Insights

Rob Thomson, Phillies manager, is mindful of the rigorous schedule and its demands on his players. “It’s going to be tiring, and it’s going to be tiring coming back. But we’re going to have to deal with it and keep playing,” Thomson remarked. “They’re not going to cancel games for us or suspend games for us.”


This series promises to be a crucial test for both teams. The Red Sox aim to regain momentum and strengthen their standing, while the Phillies look to continue their winning streak and solidify their position as National League leaders. As the games unfold, both teams will showcase their resilience and adaptability in what is expected to be an exciting and competitive series.

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