Boston Red Sox vs Philadelphia Phillies Picks and Predictions June 12th 2024

Boston Red Sox vs Philadelphia Phillies MLB Wed, Jun 12, 19:10 pm.
Boston Red Sox
ML: 100
0
0
Philadelphia Phillies
ML: -120
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Nick Pivetta, Red Sox Aim to Halt Surging Phillies

The National League-leading Philadelphia Phillies look to extend their hot streak as they continue a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. With the Phillies already leading the series 1-0, the Red Sox will rely on Nick Pivetta to cool down the red-hot Phillies in tonight’s matchup.

Phillies’ Recent Performance

Philadelphia opened the series with a 4-1 win, driven by Kyle Schwarber’s two leadoff home runs and Zack Wheeler’s seven strong innings. This victory solidified their 10-game lead in the NL East, the largest in baseball, marking their eighth win in the past ten games.

Overcoming Setbacks

Despite the announcement that catcher J.T. Realmuto will miss a month due to knee surgery, the Phillies showcased their depth. Manager Rob Thomson expressed confidence, saying, “Every time somebody goes down, somebody steps up. I’m expecting the same this time.”

Key Contributors

  • Kyle Schwarber: Two leadoff home runs in the series opener set the tone for the Phillies’ offense.
  • Bryson Stott: With a 2-for-4 performance, including a double, Stott has been consistent, hitting safely in six of his last seven games.
  • Zack Wheeler: His recent win extended his career-high streak to eight consecutive decisions, providing stability to the Phillies’ rotation.

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Nick Pivetta’s Role

Boston’s Nick Pivetta (3-4, 3.40 ERA) will start tonight. Pivetta is coming off two solid outings, including a gem against Atlanta where he allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings. Red Sox manager Alex Cora praised Pivetta’s resurgence, noting, “His last two outings have been solid, and he’s been able to use everything.”

Pivetta vs. Phillies

Pivetta’s previous encounter with the Phillies saw him struggle, giving up five runs (four earned) over four innings in a 5-4 loss in July 2021. However, his current form suggests he might deliver a stronger performance tonight.

Boston’s Defensive Challenges

The Red Sox need to tighten their defense after committing two critical errors in the series opener, which contributed to the Phillies’ go-ahead runs. Improving their defensive play is crucial against one of baseball’s best teams.

Cristopher Sanchez’s Impact

The Phillies will counter with left-hander Cristopher Sanchez (3-3, 2.71 ERA). Sanchez has been effective, allowing two runs or less in his last four starts. In his most recent outing, he induced 11 ground-ball outs over six innings against Milwaukee, showcasing his ability to control the game.

Managerial Insights

Phillies manager Rob Thomson highlighted the team’s depth and resilience, essential traits for a playoff-bound team. On the other side, Red Sox manager Alex Cora emphasized the importance of Pivetta’s continued confidence and execution.

Conclusion

Tonight’s game promises to be an exciting clash as Nick Pivetta and the Red Sox attempt to derail the Phillies’ momentum. With both teams bringing strong pitchers to the mound, fans can expect a competitive and thrilling game.

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moneyline
over/under
Boston Red Sox
+1.5
-165
100
O 8
-115
Philadelphia Phillies
-1.5
140
-120
U 8
-105
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