Kate Barrington  |  Fri 5th Apr   | MLB

The struggle continues for the Boston Red Sox following another defeat at the hands of the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

With another road loss, the defending World Series champion is now four games under .500 in the first eight games of the 2019 MLB season. More importantly, the setback has further dampened the spirit of the team heading into another grueling series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The D-Backs, who toppled the San Diego Padres twice in their recent three-game series, will be leaning on starter Zack Godley – the same pitcher that allowed seven earned runs in 5.1 innings in Arizona’s disastrous 5-18 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last March 30.

Ironically, the Red Sox will also be sending a pitcher eager for redemption. Rick Porcello looks to salvage his first win of the season after his lackluster season debut (four earned runs in 2.2 innings) against the Seattle Mariners on March 31. The start time of the Red Sox-Diamondbacks game is set at 7:10 pm at Chase Field. The Boston Red Sox are -123 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Boston Red Sox Team Preview

Nobody saw the Red Sox losing this many games even though they would start the season on an 11-game road swing. Unlike their injury-ravaged rivals, the New York Yankees, health isn’t an excuse for Boston’s upheaval either. Aside from Dustin Pedroia and Steve Pearce, the core of last year’s championship team is very much intact and healthy.

So what’s wrong with the Red Sox?

Fielding is the biggest concern right now for Boston, which committed eight errors in eight games, just second behind the league-leading Mariners with 13. Pitching is another area that needs improvement, as they are currently in the bottom-5 league-wide in terms of ERA per game (5.74 ERA).

Arizona Diamondbacks Team Preview

After conceding three out of four matches in their season-opener series with the L.A Dodgers, the Diamondbacks briefly stopped the bleeding by winning back-to-back games against the Padres.

Although they came short of sweeping the series in San Diego, the D-Backs are nevertheless optimistic going into their showdown with the Red Sox.

As of the moment, Arizona is the third best team in terms of runs (41), batting average (.280) and slugging percentage (.526).  Paul Goldschmidt may be gone, but the trio of David Peralta, Adam Jones, and Ketel Marte is so far supplanting his production at the plate.

Boston Red Sox vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Pick

The Red Sox desperately needs a win here to get back on the right track. For that to happen, Porcello needs to come huge in his second outing on the mound. The righty had a solid record against the Diamondbacks, though Jones appears to have his numbers with three homers and nine RBIs in their head-to-head encounter.

Godley, who went 15-11 with 4.74 ERA and 185 strikeouts last season, didn’t have much experience facing the Red Sox sluggers. However, this is a pitcher capable of pulling off a big game. I wouldn’t count him out against this struggling Red Sox batting corps.

In the end, I feel the Red Sox will win this one. Manager Alex Cora, a champion coach that he is, will make the necessary adjustments to make his team more efficient moving forward. Slow start happens to any team – even a World Series champs. However, it would be a mindboggling sight if the Red Sox keep losing winnable games like this. Bet the Boston Red Sox -123 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Kate Barrington